School to spend quarter-million dollars on roof
Fairfield Middle School will have contractors and construction workers on the roof this summer, replacing areas of the roof over the commons and gym.
The Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors accepted a bid from Advance Builders Corp. of Cedar Rapids, for $244,525 at the April 8 school board meeting.
Advance Builders Corp. had the lowest of three bids submitted. Brockway Mechanical & Roofing of Burlington, bid $255,240; and Cedar Services Company of Cedar Rapids, bid $320,240.
Auxiliary Services Director Fred McElwee recommended the board approve the lowest bid from Advance Builders.
“They have completed several roof sections for the district with satisfaction,” he said.
The project has been budgeted in the district’s infrastructure plan at $240,000. Funding for the middle school roof work will be from State Secure and Advanced Vision for Education funds. The work will begin in June with completion in early July.
Administrators have met with construction manager Carl A. Nelson & Co. and StruXture Architects since the school bond vote was approved April 2, superintendent Art Sathoff told the school board at Monday’s work session.
“We’ll continue meeting with them as plans move forward,” he said. “Right now, they are figuring out the phasing of the project.”
The plan is to have some work ongoing during the school year with the least amount of disruption to teachers and students. Other work will be scheduled during the summers.
Architectural drawings will not be complete until November. The $10 million bond sale is scheduled for June 5, and money will be in the district’s accounts by June 27.
District business manager Kim Sheets said she hand-delivered the levy documents, because she needed to have county auditors’ signatures, regarding the bond issue to the five counties that are in Fairfield Community School District.
“Those documents will need signing at the next board meeting [May 20],” Sheets said last night.
She also told board members it is their responsibility to review documents and assure everything is correct regarding the district’s bond sale.
Board members will receive the documents for review prior to the May 20 board meeting.
Search for new FHS principal
Sathoff said ads have been placed to hire a high school principal. Current principal Aaron Becker is leaving the district to take a job in the Muscatine Community School District. Application deadline is May 4, Sathoff said.
In other high school news, the school board approved at its April 8 meeting a cooperative agreement for boys swimming with Ottumwa for the 2013-14 school year at a cost not to exceed $500 per pupil. Fairfield had six high school boys participate in swimming through a cooperative agreement with Ottumwa this school year.
More than 100 pieces of art created by approximately 85 FHS students are on display in the main gallery in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center throughout April.
Becker said prom had sold 280 tickets and seniors were admitted free. After prom had 209 students attend.
“It was very successful, our parent groups did a good job,” said Becker.
The Spring Renaissance Assembly is at 9 a.m. April 30, in the high school gym, showcasing student achievements.
RAGBRAI to use school facilities
The board approved a memorandum of understanding between the school district and Fairfield RAGBRAI 2013 for use of school property, parking and grounds July 26.
Fairfield High School and middle school will have shower and rest-room facilities available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 26, for use by the bicyclists and support teams.
Registered bike riders will be charged $5 shower fees; non-registered individuals will be charged an $8 shower fee.
School grounds and parking areas at FHS, FMS, Pence and Washington elementary schools will be available for camping, except not the Trojan Stadium football field or track, nor the high school baseball and softball fields at the middle school.
Also at the April 8 meeting, board members viewed an emergency preparedness plan for one of the school buildings in the district.
“There is a plan for each building and each teacher has a copy of the plan,” said Sathoff. “We put this together in-house using a template from the department of education.”
He praised staff members in the administrative office for working on the plan and complimented Sheets and employees in the accounting department for work on the budget and bonding.
“It’s good for someone in my position to have people who are careful and do a good job,” said Sathoff.
The board celebrated and congratulated students, staff and mentors in Future Business Leaders of America at the April 8 meeting.
Monday, the board set future committee meetings, to be held at the district’s Administrative/Curriculum/Technology center:
• Coaches committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 6.
• Support staff salary committee will meet at 6 p.m. May 6.
• Policy committee will meet at 9 a.m. May 28.