Moving a step farther in their quest to build their new high school/middle school kitchen and cafeteria addition, members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education were given updates on the project by GRW Inc. Architect Jimmy Piper at their meeting on Thursday.
Piper presented an update on the project, along with the district’s field house project, softball concession project and baseball ramp project.
“We need to vote on approving the location for the field house,” said Superintendent C.D. Morton. “The location is centrally located between the posts and closer to the track.”
A motion was made and approved.
Piper reported the elementary school renovation is now closed out with the contractor.
“The field house drawings were submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) on Jan. 29 and an email earlier this week was submittals for review,” said Piper.
Morton asked Piper once KDE gives approval, can the board then formally call for bids. Piper said KDE will generally have formal comments and say in their letter “address these comments and then you can go for bid or address these comments and resubmit before you go to bid.”
Piper added those comments “should not” require board action. He said if there are no significant comments this project “should be out for bids next week.”
On the softball concession, Morton said he is researching the amount of money donated and the amount of money committed by the district on this project.
“I initially said $1,800 would be needed from the district to complete this project, but after talking with David (Johnson) and depending on the final cost of the building will be, I think we’ll be pretty close to being able to pay for that without having to seek additional funds. If we do have to seek additional funds I don’t think it’ll be in the $1,800 range. It will probably be less than $1,000,” Morton said. “We’re moving forward on this project as fast as we can.”
Piper presented drawings on the new high school/middle school kitchen and cafeteria project. After a long discussion, Piper concluded proposal updates included a partial basement mechanical room be built adjacent to the existing mechanical room. Other proposals included: pushing the addition back against the building to keep from losing parking; cafeteria table size and quantity be revised to bring the seating capacity from 152 to 200/250 persons; refine the loading dock area; provide concessions area that can be utilized without going through the kitchen area and a new parking entrance toward the elementary school.
“The next steps for us is to meet with utility companies about relocation of transformers, about relocation of some of the sewer and storm water drains and to do a flow test on the water — what kind of pressure and volume we’ll have — make sure it’s not a problem to add on,” said Piper. “Also we’ll start to send in on the actual kitchen and get an equipment list and an equipment list for the elementary. Right now it’s just a $300,000 line item and we need more details on that. We’ll include the cost of the tables and start looking at the cost for furniture, fixtures and other items.”
On the baseball ramp project, Piper said a “piece of equipment is on site.” Morton added construction has been extended.
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