Bond project proposals roll in

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cassville R-4 hopes to approve some projects May 15

The Cassville R-4 School District will have some decisions to make on May 15, as the first round of bond issue projects are expected to be approved.

Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville schools, said the district is working with Control Technology and Solutions Group, of Lenexa, Kan., in separating projects into groups and submitting a cost for each group.

"CTS has brought in their mechanical, structural and electrical engineers and they've been evaluating each project proposed in our bond discussions," he said. "At the May meeting, they will present us with a comprehensive cost proposal, which will be broken down by each project and grouped into categories."

Asbill said there will be about six categories of projects, a couple of which might be electrical or heat and air, and the school board will have the opportunity to approve categories on an individual basis.

"If we like maybe four of the six packages, we will pull out those other two and see if we can rebid them at a lower cost," Asbill said. "We're bidding them as packages of projects to streamline uniformity in the product, the renovations and the pricing. It's a better use of taxpayer dollars to go with this kind of uniformity."

Bond proposals are due on May 12, which will give administration and board members three days to review the proposals before the board meeting.

Cassville is no stranger to working with CTS Group, as the company was involved in roof renovations at the district about four years ago. CTS was also a consultant last year and installed the door security systems district-wide, and the company has also been instrumental in assessing the district's ground source mechanical issues with its heating and air.

Asbill said four vendors requested bond project packets, and CTS was the company the district chose to work with because of the previous history working together and its work in other area districts, such as Wheaton and McDonald County.

The bond projects, funded by a $4 million bond issue passed by voters in April, will fund a myriad of projects, including: Renovations, FEMA additions, heating and air improvements, electrical systems, seating and flooring improvements, technology and equipment enhancements, roof repairs, parking lot resurfacing and sidewalk additions.

The district plans to repay the bonds over a 20-year period using the property tax revenues already in place, as the bond issue was written to avoid a tax increase.

The district has also been awarded $948,295 from the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program, a DESE-sponsored program that gives interest-free bonds to schools that had applied for the program and have passed bond issues.

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