BCSC postpones bond hearing | Republic News
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. postponed a public hearing on bonds for facilities projects as officials consider the effects of inflation.
The schedule for the BCSC’s next school board meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, previously included a hearing on general obligation (GO) bonds, as well as a vote of approval on a proposed GO Bond resolution. , a preliminary bond resolution and a redemption resolution. . However, these points are no longer on the agenda.
Deputy Superintendent of Financial Services Chad Phillips said officials hoped to reschedule the hearing until next month’s first board meeting, which will be on September 12.
The school corporation expects to have a better idea of the final costs of the Parkside, Schmitt and sports facilities projects in the coming weeks. Officials have said in the past that these projects will be at least partially funded by bonds.
“As has been the case with our peers in the state (and anyone else doing construction projects), inflation is impacting our project costs,” Phillips said. “Completing the projects that were approved by the board last fall is a priority for the district and we want to make sure we can complete them to the standards we have set for our facilities. When we have a new schedule, we will post a new notice.
He was unable to give an estimate of the cost increase. However, he noted after opening job offers at Parkside Elementary and seeing that costs were higher than expected, the school corporation is still deciding which projects to include in those GO bonds.
As of mid-July, renovations to Parkside were estimated at $12 million, BCSC officials said. Major work was due to start in October, with the project taking place in phases and expected to be completed in 2024. Plans include a new STEM lab, emotional wellness center, “lockable single-user toilets”, spaces learning options and improved technology. Maxwell Construction is the prime contractor and will work alongside architectural firm CSO.
BCSC Director of Operations Brett Boezeman said in fall 2021 that planned improvements at Schmitt Elementary include HVAC upgrades, architectural and electrical work to support HVAC upgrades, a roof system replacement on the lower roof and general planning for future improvements. At the time, the work was estimated at $3.6 million.
The planned athletic improvement projects cover the facilities that will serve Columbus East and North High Schools. For the East, this includes a new softball field, improvements to the baseball field, new concession and locker room building, field lighting and football bleachers for visitors. For North, lighting will be added to the baseball and softball fields the school uses at Southside Elementary. Overall, sports facility projects are estimated at around $5 million.
In addition to the projects mentioned above, Phillips said roofing, HVAC and security projects are also considered for GO Bonds as a lower priority.