Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon – The Board of Directors met in a work session on April 26, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ashland Middle School Library. Present were:

 

Heidi Parker                 )            Chair

 

Ruth Alexander            )

Amy Amrhein               )            Board Members

Mat Marr                     )

Amy Patton                  )

 

Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Pamela Lucas, Business Manager

Bond and Facilities Planning Committee Members

Renée Kroupa, Dull Olson Weekes Architects, Inc.

Community Members

Media Representative

Anita Charters, Recording Secretary

 

 

I.        Call to Order

 

            The meeting was called to order at 6:36 p.m. by Chair Parker.

 

II.     Roll Check

 

All board members were present.

 

III.   Welcome Visitors and Review Ground Rules

 

Chair Parker welcomed the members of the Bond and Facilities Planning Committee. She thanked Renée Kroupa from Dull Olson Weekes Architects, Inc. for her work as the bond committee’s facilitator.

 

The purpose of this work session is to reach consensus on a bond measure to be presented to voters in the November 2006 general election. Ground rules for the work session were reviewed. It was announced that bond committee member Mark Knox submitted his resignation.

 

IV.  Decide on Rate and Length of Time for Bond

 

Renée Kroupa reviewed the current proposed bond package, explaining how costs for specific projects were calculated. The board and the bond committee reached consensus on a maximum rate of $2.00 per $1,000 assessed valuation and a bond term of twelve years.  

 

 

V.     Identify What Projects to Fund

 

                  Consensus was reached on the following projects in Package A for Ashland High School:

 

1.      A new high school stadium will not be included (estimated at $2,150,000);

2.      Demolition costs for the high school stadium will be removed from the bond package (estimated at $40,500);

3.      The old gymnasium will be remodeled, retaining as much historic character as possible (estimated at $3,394,350);

4.      The existing music space will be remodeled for physical education space and a weight room (estimated at $1,243,980);

5.      New education space will be constructed for music, counseling and a theatre scene shop (estimated at $1,800,000);

6.      Two-thirds of the recommended health and safety projects will be included in the final high school package (estimated at $6,739,965); and

7.      If there are unexpended funds after all projects are completed, funds may be allocated toward health and safety renovations for the high school stadium (no specific amount was designated).

8.      The revised total of Package A is $19,901,920.

 

            The board expressed interest in pursuing a partnership with Southern Oregon University to share their stadium facility.

 

      Consensus was reached on the following projects for Ashland Middle School:

 

1.      Health and safety (estimated at $3,763,669); and

2.      Site construction (estimated at $100,000).

3.      A decision on the cafeteria addition (estimated at $525,000) was postponed.

4.      The revised total of the middle school projects is $5,235,273.

 

                  Consensus was reached on the following projects in Package A for Bellview Elementary School:

 

1.      A covered play area will not be included (estimated at $425,000);

2.      Green building upgrades will be included at the level that qualifies for LEED certification.

3.      The building construction cost for a new school will be adjusted from $160 per square foot to $170 per square foot (estimated at $7,650,000).

4.      Demolition costs will be added (estimated at $113,232).

5.      The revised total of Package A is $12,750,503.

 

      Decisions on other projects were tabled and will be discussed at the next work session.

 

 

 

 

 

VI.  Review Next Steps

 

A.     Identify Future Project Priorities

 

      Rick Barth, Carol Davis, Jim Teece, Kim Rooklyn and Marylee Oddo volunteered to form a Health and Safety Subcommittee to review health and safety projects at all sites. Their conclusions will be discussed at the next work session.

 

B.     Test Survey

 

      This discussion was tabled for the next work session.

 

C.     Determine when Bond Committee Recommendation will be made to Board

 

      It was suggested that the bond package be presented to the school board at its regular meeting on June 12, 2006.

 

D.     Campaign Committee

 

      This discussion was tabled for the next work session.

 

VII.      Adjourn

 

The board scheduled a work session with the Bond and Facilities Planning Committee to be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, in the Ashland Middle School Library at 6:30 p.m.

 

       There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 p.m.

 

Anita Charters, Recording Secretary

 



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