First wave of MP school building repairs would cost $485,580
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
When the Mt. Pleasant School Board first glanced at the school’s facilities study Dec. 2, they said some prioritizing would have to be done.
That was done, courtesy of Struxtures Architects, when the study was formally presented to the board during Monday night’s regular board meeting.
Struxtures was commissioned to do the study and listed $485,580 in work that needed immediate attention.
The most expensive item on the immediate list was $180,000 to repair walks, change site to provide handicap accessibility and redoing the parking at Salem.
Other items given immediate priority included (school followed by repair week needed and cost):
Van Allen Elementary School — Repair gutter and wall coping on 1988 addition, $10,500; repair roof leaks and adjacent finishes, $9,000; repair door hardware on newer wing of building, $18,000.
Harlan Elementary School — Caulking replacement and repair, $7,500; repair roof leaks and adjacent finishes, $6,000; repair walks/stoop transitions on exterior doors, $24,000.
Lincoln Elementary — Tuck-point and masonry repair at original building, $10,000; caulking replacement and repair, $12,000; repair roof leaks and adjacent finishes, $4,500; repair walks/stoop transitions on exterior doors, $16,000.
Salem Elementary — Repair roof leaks and adjacent finishes, $7,500; repair walks, change site to provide handicap access, redo parking, $180,000.
Middle school — Repair caulking and windows and building expansion, $5,000; repair roof leaks and adjacent finishes, $6,000; repair walks, stoop transitions on exterior doors, $15,000.
High school — Tuck-point and repair masonry at various locations, $24,000; repair gutter and wall coping, $17,500; repair roof leaks and adjacent finishes, $9,000; various pavement repair, $60,000; address temperature control issues in various rooms, $6,000.
Maintenance building/WisdomQuest — Expand the fire alarm system, $14,080; repair sidewalks and stoops, $24,000.
Nick Hildebrandt of Struxtures presented the report and said building in the district generally were in good condition. “They have been well-maintained,” he said. “However, the mechanical systems in a lot of t5he buildings have nearly reached their life expectancy.”
Hildebrandt also presented the study on the maintenance building/WisdomQuest. He said that “actual classroom space is not in bad condition. The building, however, is not in the greatest condition.”
Superintendent of Schools Mike Wells asked Hildebrandt if the building was worth fixing.
“Maybe if you would couple the district office and maintenance center with it,” Hildebrandt replied.
Hildebrandt suggested the board coming up with a road map for spending over the next one-five years. “Then you can start to budget for things over the next 6-10 years. I think we are truly looking at let’s repair what we have.”
Wells said the board should be mindful of some other possible projects.
“One of our discussion is strategic planning is a 750-seat auditorium, which would cost about $7 million,” he informed. “There is quite a bit of support on the strategic planning committee for an auditorium.
“Central office is another concern and part of our conversation as we move forward,” Wells added. The superintendent said the district currently pays $38,000 in annual rent to the city for the central office space, but the city will be raising rent to $60,000 per year on July 1, 2015.
Items listed by Struxtures with a one to two-year priority came to a total of $5.42 million. The most significant line items on that “wish list” was providing air conditioning in the elementary schools. Replacing the mechanical systems to provide air conditioned elementary schools would come to a total cost of $2.3 million.
Items with a two to five-year priority came in at $4,017,160. The largest expenditure was $1.5 million for a new gym addition and remodeling the old gym into a media center at Harlan Elementary School. The two to five-year list also included $337,920 for a new mechanical system at WisdomQuest and $585,000 to pave the staff parking lot and north drive at the high school.
Long-term repairs (6-15 years) had a price tag of $2.13 million. Most significant expenditures were repair the roof on the 1998 addition at Harlan Elementary School ($162,983); repairing the roof on the 1998 addition at Lincoln Elementary School ($175,460) and a new roof at the high school ($1.64 million).
The facilities study now goes to the strategic planning committee who will forward it with recommendations to the school board’s site committee before it receives further board action.