$12 to $26 Million in Building Improvements to Be Considered by School Board
The Greendale school board will hear a long-range facilities planning report on March 2. At the meeting, the board will receive a report from the firm KPH Construction that assesses the current and future needs of the GSD district property. Estimates from KPH for the work range from $12,640,223 to $26,255,812 for the improvements and upgrades.
The Greendale School district is currently facing a $1 million shortfall for the 2015-16 school year.
“In order to continue to maintain our facilities in great condition for the future and meet the learning environment needs of our students, the district must from time to time assess the condition of its buildings and grounds, and plan for improvements. As you know, our last referedum (sic) was in 2007 to remodel GHS,” wrote Director of Business Erin Green in a memo to Superintendent John Tharp.
Matt Gibson, the former superintendent of the Elmbrook School District led the efforts to review the state of district facilities and recommend improvements. In 2013, Gibson was hired as a “leadership coach” for Superintendent John Tharp.
Among the items under consideration at each building are:
- Replacing walls, $303,030
- Provide HVAC system improvements, $195,000
- Create secure entry, $562,000
- Add outside walking/running track, $10,830
- Replace tile exterior walls, $480,380
- Provide HVAC system improvements, $950,000
- Add gymnasium addition, $2,185,658
- Add four classrooms, $520,402
- Provide HVAC system improvement, $924,000
- Replace roof, $801,223
- Replace roof areas, $148,380
- Replace water heater, $42,665
- Install hot water solar collector, $64,878
- Add air conditioning to gym, $435,755
- Renovate rooms 17-19 into Project Lead the Way labs, $292,892
- Repurpose portion of library into three classrooms, $245,336
- Add field house and walking/running track, $12,000,000
According to the report, the envisioned review process to follow the March 2 school board presentation is to complete estimates for the work, engage with staff and the community and provide preliminary decisions on potential and alternative options.