With school bond passed, district plans for next phase
The school bond measure has been passed for a new Quincy High School and upgrades at every other school in the district. Now what happens?
The Quincy School District Board of Directors met in a work session Tuesday to begin answering that question. Board members must decide how to structure the construction schedule during what will be a three-year project.
Superintendent John Boyd said the next step is to hire an architectural firm. The district will put advertisements in local newspapers seeking applicants.
A team will be assembled to interview candidates while an oversight committee will monitor the entire process, Boyd said. Bonds will be sold in May, he added, with money to be received during the summer.
The district will get help from a consultant who has three decades of experience overseeing school construction projects in Federal Way. Rob Leland has been hired at $100 an hour for up to 150 hours.
“His knowledge is something we can really use,” Boyd said.
The superintendent emphasized that the district wants to use all the expertise it can in choosing how to spend the $108 million provided by voters.
As the process unfolds, decisions will need to be made about such details as the size of the new high school’s library and larger issues such as making sure the building can be expanded if future growth requires it, Leland said during the work session.
He added that some factors are unknown. For example, the state of the economy during the next few years will affect construction costs, Leland said.
Besides the consultant, school board members will be guided by a handbook from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It outlines predesign analysis, preparing for construction, the construction process and even post-construction issues.
The summary handbook is a short version of OSPI’s School Facilities Manual, which weighs as much as a Russian novel. Together, the two documents cover key topics such as bid evaluation and awarding of contracts.
One of OSPI’s recommendations is for a preconstruction conference involving district representatives, the architect and engineers, the general contractor and major subcontractors. That discussion will allow coordination of the project’s schedule and procedures, according to the handbook.
OSPI also recommends that construction contracts include ways to resolve disputes that might arise during the building process.
The following construction schedules are tentative:
George Elementary classrooms/gym: Design work, March 2016 to September 2016; bidding, October 2016; construction, November 2016 to September 2017; and move-in, September 2017
Gyms at Mountain View and Pioneer: Design work, March 2016 to September 2016; bidding, October 2016; construction, November 2016 to September 2017; and move-in, September 2017.
Renovation of existing junior high into a K-5 elementary school: Design work, March 2016 to May 2017; bidding: June/July 2017; construction, July 2017 to December 2018; and move-in. Students remain on-site during phased construction.
Conversion of the existing high school to a middle school: Design work, January 2018 to March 2018 and January 2019 to March 2019; bidding, summers of 2018 and 2019; construction, summers of 2018 and 2019; and move-in, fall 2019.
New high school: Design work, March 2016 to November 2017; bidding, December/January 2017-2018; construction, February 2018 to September 2019; and move-in, fall 2019.
— By Steve Kadel, firstname.lastname@example.org