BIC proceeding with millage vote

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Architect Hardy Little talks the Buffalo Island Central School Board through the overall design plan for the proposed new preK-12 campus.

Buffalo Island Central School Board held a special meeting Monday, June 23, when it was agreed to ask voters for a millage increase and settled on a design direction for the proposed new preK-12 facility.

Marshall Hughes, with Beardsley and Associates, talked to the board about how much a 9 mill increase would generate for the building project as well as how much the state would pay for the project if it were approved for state partnership funding. He explained 9 mills would generate $9.74 million dollars.

After some discussion the board made and passed a motion to ask in September to approve a 9 mill increase, extend the district's current 8 debt service mills and issue bonds for the construction of a new preK-12 facility. The board also approved the proposed 2015-2016 budget as required by the state.

Architects John Mixon and Hardy Little brought back to the board a building design that included the board's suggestions from a few weeks ago. The board agreed the design is on track with what they wanted. Board members looked at 3D views of the proposed design asking for the addition of covered drop offs for elementary, junior high and other locations around the facility as well as talked about options for putting the BIC school colors into the design. Color options included a blue roof, which none of the board members liked, navy blue lettering on the building, or spandrel panels with the school colors.

"We all agree that we want our school colors in the design but we don't want to be tacky," Todd Edwards, board member, said.

The proposed design is a facility with a clear entry point up front leading into a proposed 500 seat auditorium with a central spine running down the middle of the building and wings off to each side.

The three wings on the left of the facility will house upper elementary, middle elementary, with preschool and kindergarten being located in the back with its own drop off area. On the right will be junior/senior high with junior high on the front wing, high school in the middle and vocational programs at the back. The central spine of the building will house the library, physical education facility and cafeteria, which will have separate dining areas for elementary and secondary. It has also been proposed that the cafeteria be built in a way that it can also serve as the district's safe room.

The board agreed to incorporate the schools navy blue color into the building's lettering. The elevated horseshoe front is part of incorporating the Mustang spirit into the design.

Little and Mixon will again take back the board's suggestions with the hopes of having a final design plan in the next two weeks.

In other business the board accepted the resignation of Brooke Dunigan, Bill Taylor as baseball coach, Tina Fowler and Stan Fowler. After a short executive session the board approved the hire of Justin Yates as the new girls basketball coach. Yates, who has served as an official at games, has coached both college and high school basketball. He already has a July 7 practice scheduled. Other hires approved by the board include Lauren Denny, Lela Ashley, Micah Browning, Sherry Cornelisen, Kim Tomblin, Candese Jackson and Brenda Holt.

The board then accepted Greenway's bid for a new mower and passed a motion that at the end of the budget year any money above $1.5 million will be transferred into the district's building fund to pay for capital improvements, furnishings and repairs.

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