Cassville R-4 bond projects underway
CTS Group to do $3.1 million in work over summer
After the passing of its $4 million bond issue in April, the Cassville R-4 School district did not plan to wait long before getting started on the numerous renovations it has planned.
Last week, the district approved $3,147,915 in work through Control Technology Solutions Group, of Lenexa, Kan., spanning a number of areas the school had on its bond projects list.
"The bid came in right at what we'd hoped in our original budget estimate," Asbill said. "And, it still allows us to add to our FEMA needs, bus security cameras and other additional projects."
The most expensive of the repairs will be the bathrooms at the elementary and middle schools, at a cost of $799,731. Each bathroom will now be fitted with epoxy flooring, auto-flush stools and urinals, auto-faucet sinks, new partitions, exhaust fan upgrades and new paint.
David Haddock, Cassville School Board member, raised concerns about the cost of upkeep to auto-flush stools and urinals, but CTS' Jim Blumfelder said the upgrade will be better than regular hand-flush systems because they'll know each toilet is flushed after use, which will help keep the bathrooms cleaner and help with the exhaust system.
Second in cost is the $609,410 in electrical upgrades, and the elementary and high school geothermal system repairs come in at third in cost, at $536,246. Upgrades include a 1,200-amp, 120/208, 3-phase service at the main campus and a relocation of services to the courtyard, eliminating the power lines out front. The Rock gym will also have its own 400-amp, 1-phase service, and 20 amp circuits and five outlets will be added at the middle and elementary school.
The high school and elementary school geothermal systems will get new circular pumps, evaporating fluid coolers, variable frequency drives, a balanced flow to all units, and a re-pipe system to accommodate new flow rates. CTS Group will also verify glycol levels are at 15 percent.
Other categories of repairs include: elementary and middle school mechanical, $443,387; paving, sidewalks and railings, $287,133; middle school bleachers and gym lighting, $257,980; high school gym mechanical, $156, 752; and roofing, $77,276.
Upgrades in those areas include: 34 new HVAC units at the elementary and middle schools, a new concrete sidewalk from the intermediate school to the Rock Gym, new telescoping bleachers with plastic contour seats in the middle school gym and new roofing at the preschool, art room and nurse's office.
The work agreed upon with CTS does not expend the entire bond amount, as it leaves $852,085 still in the coffers. Asbill said this money will likely be used for the FEMA project, bus security cameras and other projects lower on the district's bond project list.
Asbill said one of the areas he was most pleased with in the CTS Group proposal was the middle school gym's bleachers.
"This was a significant issue because of the amount of people that utilize that gym," he said. "We're also excited about the electrical upgrades, because that addresses a very specific need and some student safety issues."
Asbill said many of the projects, like bathroom renovations, will be completed before school starts in August, but he predicts some will extend as long as September.
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.
Asbill said the bond issue's passing has helped the school get back on track funding-wise after doing the two FEMA buildings and falling a little behind.
"This is why we came to the voters with an aggressive and proactive plan to address our current needs and catch up," he said. "This gets us back on schedule with our yearly maintenance and puts us back in a fiscal balance. The 20-year repayment schedule also allows us to take advantage of refund windows, which will save taxpayer money."