Change orders approved for Crim school expansion
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 20 July 2012 10:23
The Bowling Green Board of Education approved just under $23,000 in change orders Tuesday to the Crim Elementary expansion and renovation project.
The change orders included $16,353 for removing soft soil and replacing it with clay soil from the retention pond; $3,152 for infrastructure; and $3,482 for labor and materials for the main entrance.
To date, the board has approved $60,213 in change orders, which brings the total project cost to approximately $4.3 million.
That leaves $100,486 left over in the project's contingency fund.
"Relative to how far we have gotten in this project, I think we are in pretty good shape," said Kent Buehrer, president of Buehrer Group Architecture and Engineering Inc., commenting on the remaining contingency funds.
Board President Eric Myers commended the firm for its work on the project.
"I want to thank you for the good job you are doing and for keeping the change orders to a minimum," Myers said.
Buehrer said favorable weather has allowed crews to make good progress on the project.
He reported the roof has been installed on the new addition and the existing building. Painting has started in the addition and floor tile work is being completed in the kitchen and restrooms, among other work.
"There is going to be plenty of work to do the next four weeks, or so," Buehrer said.
Also at the meeting, the board had to vote again to ask the Wood County auditor to certify three property tax options for the November ballot.
The board already voted to do so at its special meeting on July 9, but law requires a two-thirds majority for passage. Only three of five board members were present at the previous meeting.
Lee Hakel was absent from the board's regular meeting Tuesday.
"These numbers are not different than the amounts we voted on at our previous meeting," Myers clarified.
The board is considering three options for the ballot, two are a mix of property and income tax, and the other a straight 5-mill levy.
Those options are: a 0.5-percent income tax with a 1.9-mill property tax levy; a 0.5-percent income tax with a 2.3-mill property tax; or a 5-mill property tax levy.
The income tax levy did not require the two-thirds majority and did not need to be voted on again.
At the conclusion of the meeting, board members went into executive session to discuss personnel/employment.
Superintendent Dr. Ann McVey and Treasurer Rhonda Melchi initially did not join board members for the closed-door session, but were later invited into the executive session.
The board met in executive session for about a half-hour, but did not take any action.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 July 2012 10:26