Farm­ing­ton High’s Phase 3: $15.9 Mil­lion

SCHOOL BOARD OKS PACK­AGE FOR ALL FA­CIL­I­TIES

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

FARM­ING­TON — Vot­ers in the May 22 school elec­tion sup­ported Farm­ing­ton School District’s re­quest to re­fi­nance five bond is­sues and ex­tend debt and that means the district can now move ahead to com­plete all of Phase 3 for the high school cam­pus.

Farm­ing­ton School Board last week unan­i­mously ap­proved a to­tal cost of $14 mil­lion to con­struct Phase 3 fa­cil­i­ties: $11 mil­lion for the base fa­cil­i­ties pack­age and al­most $3 mil­lion to in­clude four al­ter­nate bids in the project.

Other costs are $31,000 for land­scap­ing, $1.2 mil­lion for site pack­age and al­most $700,000 for util­ity pack­age. The to­tal cost of Phase 3 will be about $15.9 mil­lion.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for the district, go­ing back to Tues­day night and the elec­tion,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Bryan Law said as the board dis­cussed Phase 3 con­struc­tion. “We had great sup­port for the ex­ten­sion and the re­fi­nanc­ing.”

Vot­ers sup­ported Farm­ing­ton’s re­quest to re­fi­nance five bond is­sues and ex­tend debt an­other 35 years by a 613-323 vote. About 65 per­cent of the vot­ers ap­proved the

re­quest, com­pared to 35 per­cent against.

The district will re­fi­nance five is­sues that to­tal $19.4 mil­lion in principal and of­fer a new bond is­sue with a principal amount of $29.5 mil­lion, which in­cludes $9.2 mil­lion in new money that will be ded­i­cated to fin­ish Phase 3 at the high school, with some left­over for projects at the old high school.

The new bond is­sue would ma­ture over a pe­riod of 35 years, ac­cord­ing to the elec­tion bal­lot.

Law said the district plans to sell the bonds this sum­mer and pro­ceeds should be avail­able in late July or early Au­gust.

Farm­ing­ton will use pro­ceeds from the new bond is­sue and about $8 mil­lion in a cap­i­tal im­prove­ments re­serve fund to pay for Phase 3.

The project’s con­struc­tion man­ager, Kinco Con­struc­tion, pre­sented the con­struc­tion costs to the School Board at its May 29 meet­ing.

The base fa­cil­i­ties pack­age is $11 mil­lion for a new foot­ball/soccer sta­dium, track, foot­ball bleach­ers, press­box, con­ces­sion stand/re­strooms, ticket booth and a field house with of­fices, locker rooms and a weight room.

As part of the bid process, Kinco asked for sep­a­rate bids for four add-on al­ter­nates, in case bids came in too high.

The out­come of the elec­tion al­lowed the district to in­clude all four al­ter­nates. Al­ter­nate #1 was the most ex­pen­sive, which will be al­most $2.7 mil­lion for an in­door prac­tice fa­cil­ity and cheer/dance locker rooms.

The bids for the other three al­ter­nates added up to about $318,000 and in­clude bleach­ers and a press­box for the track fa­cil­ity, two park­ing lots and brick wraps around the four steel col­umns for the score­board.

Mark Hague­wood with Hight Jack­son As­so­ci­ates, ar­chi­tects for Phase 3, said the school is in bud­get for the cost of the to­tal project.

Tyson Reimer with Kinco told the board, “We’re ready to get go­ing and ready to get started.”

Bob Archer, also with Kinco, said the com­pany’s pri­or­ity will be to com­plete the track so the team can get on it in De­cem­ber for prac­tice. He did not know if the track fa­cil­ity would be ready for the spring 2019 sea­son. There will be some is­sues get­ting play­ers to the track be­cause of con­struc­tion on the sta­dium and other fa­cil­i­ties.

“We’ll have to come up with a game plan,” Archer said.

Kinco plans to have the sta­dium and other fa­cil­i­ties ready in time for the 2019-20 school year.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Law said the out­come of the elec­tion shows school pa­trons want the district to fin­ish all of Phase 3 at one time.

“When we started, we started out think­ing, well we’re go­ing to build a foot­ball field and a track,” Law said. “We’ve al­ways had the push to do the project all at once but un­til we had the fund­ing, that was dif­fi­cult to step out on. I think there’s no ques­tion look­ing at it, is that’s what peo­ple wanted us to do.”

Many stu­dents and stu­dent groups will be touched by the new fa­cil­i­ties, Law said.

“We’ve had track teams with no track. We’ve had a push here to start soccer for quite a few years and we’ve not had a fa­cil­ity to do that. A time and place for cheer and dance, we’ve not been able to pro­vide that. So we’re go­ing to be able to in­clude a lot of stu­dents in this that have not had much.”

Now that the district knows it will be able to fin­ish all of Phase 3, the next step will be to make plans to ad­dress needs at the Farm­ing­ton Ju­nior High build­ing, he added.

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