Trailers for Perrysburg school costly PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:17
PERRYSBURG — The school district is reformulating a plan to purchase five new portable classroom units for two elementaries after the estimated price of the units ended up being triple their original cost.
“It’s certainly a number that is going to be a challenge to contend with as we move forward,” said Superintendent Tom Hosler in an interview this morning.
The five units, coming from Sylvania Schools and containing two classrooms each, would be installed at Frank and Fort Meigs elementaries. The cost to purchase and install those units originally in 2011 in Sylvania had been $231,000. However, the cost to purchase, move, and install the units in Perrysburg would be an estimated $621,230, including a 10 percent contingency on the units.
This is in contrast to the cost of new units, which would top $1 million.
Hosler was careful to point out that the $231,000 figure was never a solid number — simply an amount based on Sylvania’s original costs that would serve as a minimum expected cost to the district.
“So we knew there would be kind of a range,” he said.
“The numbers that we gave (the board), we tried to put all kinds of disclaimers on it that this was the amount that it cost Sylvania to move them.”
“We were hoping that it would be a lot less, but we understand that that’s what the cost is. I don’t want to say it’s disappointing because we really didn’t know what to expect.”
Hosler said the difference in price could be due to factors including the fact that the Sylvania figure is a few years out of date.
Additionally, the distance that the units had to be moved, and whether or not they had to be transported in pieces, could also be an issue.
It was initially thought that the price of the units could be taken out of a Permanent Improvement fund reserve of $500,000, but that option is not likely to be feasible.
Hosler said that, while he could not speak for the board or Treasurer/CFO Matt Feasel, it may be paid for with “a combination of PI dollars and general fund.”
The board has not yet voted to approve the purchase of the units.
The purchase of the portable classrooms is expected to take care of the district’s classroom space needs for the next school year. The district’s student population of 4,878 is increasing at a rate of 1.5 percent, or about 70 students a year — the equivalent of three elementary classrooms.
The board is planning to reconvene its Strategic Facilities Committee to discuss other space options. That committee has advocated for a $38 million plan in which a new middle-school building for 7th and 8th graders would be built on the high school campus, and the current middle school would be used by 5th and 6th graders.

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