Manila School Board hears building project update

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Adam Seiter with Nabholz Construction Services presented a schematic design budget for the new high school project at the November meeting.

Architect John Mixon with Cromwell and Adam Seiter with Nabholz Construction Services updated Manila School board members at the Thursday, Nov. 19, meeting. A Power Point presentation was presented by Mixon showing the design and discussing the time line for the construction of the new high school. The first and second floor layouts were presented along with surrounding area.

Seiter presented the first schematic design budget from the building site improvements to the completed project.

He also discussed allowances included in the estimates and alternates not included in the estimated budget for the $21,751,789 project.

Mixon and Seiter discussed with the board some of the features including the auditorium and safe room.

"It is a good building because we all want it to be but also because of the state requirements," Mixon said.

Seiter said overall, looking at the budget, it is in good shape.

"We are not having to talk cutting square footage," Seiter said. "I'm comfortable with the cost and value balance schedule."

The target is to start the site work at the end of March and the construction at the end of May. Seiter said they should be ready to take bids in February.

Mixon said in the near future the board would be looking at some options on material, etc.

Superintendent Pam Castor said she has compared the preliminary numbers they have given with her numbers and they match up pretty well.

"This is a good place for us to be," she said. "The project is doable as we had imagined it."

The board voted to amend the agenda and go into executive session to discuss personnel.

Following the closed session Mrs. Castor recommended the board accept the resignation of Morgan Foley, physical education teacher and assistant girls coach.

"We know the last months have been a difficult time for her with the loss of her baby," Board president Jeremy Jackson said. "We appreciate all she has done for the district. We want only the best for her and her family in the future."

The board voted unanimously to accept her resignation.

Board members present were Jackson, Brandon Veach, Danny Robbins and Johnny McCain. Not present were Tracey Reinhart, Tommy Wagner and Dean Tucker.

A letter from Tim Bassing, cross country coach, was read thanking the board and administration for supporting the program.

Coach Bassing started the program several years ago. This year he had over 35 runners compete, with four junior runners winning competitions.

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