High School Phase 3 Moves Along

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — Farm­ing­ton School Board last week ap­proved sev­eral items deal­ing with Phase 3 of the Farm­ing­ton High School campus.

Phase 3 in­cludes a new foot­ball/ soc­cer sta­dium, con­ces­sions and re­strooms, track, press­box, park­ing and in­door prac­tice fa­cil­ity with of­fices and locker rooms.

The Board ap­proved an ad­di­tional $38,000 for earth­work for Phase 3 be­cause of un­fore­seen prob­lems, ac­cord­ing to Bryan Law, su­per­in­ten­dent of schools. Law said dirt work is one of the hard­est parts of con­struc­tion as far as costs be­cause no one knows what is under the dirt.

The Board also ap­proved a low bid of $468,634 from Crow­der Con­struc­tion of Fayetteville to in­stall util­i­ties for Phase 3.

The build­ing pack­age has gone out for bid and Law said the district’s con­struc­tion man­ager, Kinco Con­struc­tion, will re­view and eval­u­ate bids be­fore mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion to the School Board.

Mark Hague­wood with Hight Jack­son As­so­ci­ates, ar­chi­tects for Phase 3, last week said Kinco will price costs for the base pack­age and then have four add-on al­ter­na­tives.

The base bid will be the sta­dium, track, bleach­ers, press­box, con­ces­sion stand/ re­strooms, ticket booth and a field house with of­fices, locker rooms and a weight room.

The add-on al­ter­na­tive bids will be: #1 in­door prac­tice fa­cil­ity and cheer/dance locker rooms; #2 bleach­ers and press­box at the track; #3 south park­ing lot and a smaller park­ing lot; #4 brick wraps around the four steel col­umns for the score­board.

By hav­ing four add-on al­ter­na­tives, the school will be able to pull out spe­cific projects if bids come in too high, Hague­wood said.

Last month, the School Board voted to place a ques­tion on the May 22 pref­er­en­tial elec­tion bal­lot ask­ing vot­ers to al­low the district to re­struc­ture and re­fi­nance five bond is­sues to gen­er­ate an ad­di­tional $9 mil­lion for Phase 3 and for im­prove­ments at the old high school.

Law said school of­fi­cials be­lieve the district will have the money to build all fa­cil­i­ties in Phase 3 if it re­ceives a fa­vor­able vote on the ques­tion. If ap­proved, the school’s new ma­tu­rity date for debt would be ex­tended an­other 30 years to 2048.

In other ac­tion, the Board OK’d a new bid for a green­house for the high school’s agri­cul­ture pro­gram for $29,218 from Green­house Me­ga­s­tore. The green­house will be in­stalled this sum­mer be­hind the high school.

Board mem­bers ap­proved a rec­om­men­da­tion to amend the district’s sick leave pol­icy. Be­fore, when some­one retired or left teach­ing, the district would keep the em­ployee’s first 30 days of sick leave and pay the em­ployee for the re­main­ing sick days.

The new pol­icy states em­ploy­ees will be com­pen­sated for all sick days when they re­tire or leave teach­ing. Af­ter look­ing at the pol­icy for other dis­tricts, Law said it was found Farm­ing­ton had the most re­stric­tive sick leave pol­icy. He said with the for­mer pol­icy, teach­ers might be en­cour­aged to take sick days so they wouldn’t lose them.

The Board also ap­proved a three-year con­tract with SG 360 Ser­vice Group for cus­to­dial ser­vices for $40,750 per month. Ac­cord­ing to Law, this cost is less ex­pen­sive than the district’s cur­rent con­tract with an­other com­pany.

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