Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 10, 2013 Referendum Update

Facilities Committee and MS/HS Faculty Provide Location Feedback Options
On Wednesday, September 4, the MS/HS Faculty and the Facilities Committee had the opportunity to provide feedback related to the location and scope of the multi-purpose addition at the MS/HS.  The current schematic design adds the multi-purpose area in the northeast corner of the school.  Over the past month, the District learned that three properties southwest of the school are for sale.  The property locations are highlighted:

When the Board of Education learned of the possibility of obtaining these properties, they asked SDS Architects to create a schematic design in which the multi-purpose area would be added to the southwest corner of the school.   The intent was to determine if the southwest corner presents a better, more cost efficient, option for the multi-purpose addition and whether it would better support future expansions as needed.  If, based on feedback from the faculty and the facilities committee, the Board of Education identifies the southwest corner of the school as the ideal location for the MS/HS expansion, then they will ask the Electorate to consider the acquisition of the following properties:  566 Schneider, 556 Schneider, and 546 Schneider.  This vote would be held in conjunction with the District’s Annual Meeting on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 pm in the High School Gym.

At the Faculty and Facilities Committee meetings on Wednesday, both groups reviewed the “Northeast” and “Southwest” options.  Below is a summary of the their analysis.

The Northeast Option
Completing the addition onto the northeast corner of the school would require building out into Coe Street.  The district has learned moving the street (as is pictured above) would require the movement of water and sewer below the road and the addition of new curb and gutters for the portion of the street that veers towards Hwy 33.  Engineers from Delta 3 Engineering, Inc. estimated that these changes would cost $115,000-$175,000.   Above ground electrical lines would have to be rerouted or buried, at an additional cost.

Northeast Option Faculty/Facilities Feedback
Positives
Integrates the essential aspects of the referendum.
Centrally locates the multi-purpose addition for community use.
Provides a connection between the existing gym and the proposed cardio-lab area.
Diverts traffic on Coe further away from the front of the school.
Provides pedestrian friendly access to Hwy 33.

Negatives
The size and location of the addition will require an expensive road configuration.
If the district elects to not move the road, the size and scope of the addition would have to be reduced.
Both the original and scaled back version of the Northeast option reduce current parking availability.
When (If) the Village extends Kissel Street to Hwy. 33 the overall amount of parking in front of the school will be further reduced.
The expansion of the building to the Northwest reduces the distance between the main entry and State Highway 33 which could impact safety.


The Southwest Option
Completing the addition at the southwest corner of the school would require removing an underground diesel fuel barrel, rerouting gas and electric feeds into the building, and changing the configuration of the garage door into the technical education shop.  In addition, it would require the acquisition of three properties at an estimated cost of $180,000.  As is noted in the picture, the entrance to the school and main office would be redesigned to address needs for secure access and student safety.  This redesign may extend into Coe Street slightly, however, it would not require major adjustments to the road.

Southwest Option Faculty/Facilities Feedback
Positives
Integrates the essential aspects of the referendum.
There is more space, which allows for logical future expansion and green space.
The district would be investing in land acquisition which has multiple uses versus moving a road.
Could eliminate the need for a second elevator.
The proximity to the locker rooms make the new cardio-lab space functional.
Alleviates the need for more storage for district vans, trailers, and other maintenance equipment.
Maximizes the amount of classrooms that have windows.

Negatives
Changing the location would result in back tracking on design development.
There costs of removing the fuel barrel and burying utilities is unknown.
Requires the removal of houses and other site preparation.
May require property rezoning.

Discussion of Reducing the Size of the Multipurpose Addition
At each meeting, the discussion of reducing the size of the multipurpose addition was discussed.  Both groups indicated reducing the size of the multipurpose addition should only be done if it is necessary to complete the project within the authorized referendum amount.

If the Board of Education identifies the southwest corner of the school as the ideal location for the MS/HS expansion, they will ask the Electorate to consider the acquisition of the following properties:  566 Schneider, 556 Schneider, and 546 Schneider.  This vote would be held in conjunction with the District’s Annual Meeting on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 pm in the High School Gym. 

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