LAKEVIEW — Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin will act as negotiator for the district with the architectural firm and contractors chosen to work on upcoming school improvement projects.
At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members voted to give Hamlin the power to act on the school system’s behalf, provided the architectural firm’s bids come in at 5.95 percent or less of the projects’ total budget.
The improvements are the result of a narrowly passed millage increase approved by voters in February. That millage allows Lakeview Community Schools to borrow up to $12.25 million against the bond.
The planned improvements include the demolition of much of what is now Lakeview Elementary School along with site improvements there. Most classrooms will be moved to a renovated and expanded Bright Start Elementary School, which will be expanded to handle the influx of students.
The middle school will see extensive remodeling and upgrades to many of the school’s mechanical and electronic systems, as well as additional technology upgrades and some new furnishings. The gymnasium at the middle school also will be upgraded and renovated.
Most of the work at the high school will revolve around upgrades to the science areas of some classrooms, along with mechanical improvements still being discussed.
The bus garage will receive a new roof and exterior coating designed to withstand water seepage, and some new busses will be purchased.
By appointing Hamlin to act as liaison with the architectural firm, Board President Ed Jonaitis said the board was helping to ensure the district got “a good contract with a good price.”
Hamlin, who has been working with the firm likely to be chosen for the job right along, said he had “no issues or concerns” with either their offer or the quality of their work.
In other board news, board members voted to approve the roster of teachers and other employees for the 2013-2014 school year and also approved the school’s current calendar.
Also, board members heard from Jonaitis and Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen regarding the school’s first ever “academic parade,” slated for 1 p.m. Friday. The parade, which will feature Lakeview police, tractors, the Lakeview High School Band, students, the Lakeview and Trufant fire departments and several Lakeview busses, is being held to make note of the great academic strides and increases in ACT scores the school has seen in the past few years.
“I think it’s the first parade of its kind, anywhere,” Jensen noted.