Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Referendum Update, July 7, 2014

At the June 23rd meeting, the Board of Education approved an adjusted calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.  I attached a copy of the calendar and the daily schedules for each building. 

Following a public bidding process, the Cashton School Board passed a resolution awarding Fowler and Hammer General Contractors the construction contract for the MS-HS Addition and Remodeling project.  Fowler and Hammer submitted the lowest of five contractor bids.  

Fowler and Hammer is based in La Crosse, WI.  The well-respected firm has completed a number of large educational, healthcare, industrial, and retail projects in the Coulee Region.  The firm is currently completing a addition and remodeling project for DeSoto School District, as well as building Northside Elementary School for LaCrosse School District.  Fowler and Hammer has collaborated with SDS Architects on a number projects including Bangor Middle and High School. 

Representatives from Fowler and Hammer have been on site already.   The first steps will be to coordinate with the Village of Cashton, WE Energies, Mediacom, and VernonTel to reroute utilities to make room for the Ag-Tech addition.  

The project will be completed in four phases.  
PHASE 1:  New boilers will be installed and HVAC systems will be converted from steam to hot water.  In addition, temperature controls will be digitized and zoned for more efficient performance. Estimated completion:  Mid-October, 2014.  
PHASE 2:  Construction of the Ag-Tech Addition. Work on the Ag-Tech addition will start in late summer.  Estimated completion:  Mid-January, 2015.  
PHASE 3:  Remodeling of the existing Ag area into Cardio-Fitness Center.  Estimated completion:  Mid-May, 2015.
PHASE 4:  Construction of the academic multi-purpose area, LMC remodeling, and main entrance remodeling:  Estimated completion:  Mid-September, 2015.  The plan is that phase 4 progress will allow the regular start date for the 2015-2016 school-year, however, there will likely be some construction related issues to manage.

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