Question 1 - New PreK-12 Facility
Question 1 would approve a facilities bond to build a new preK-12 school adjacent to our existing school. More information on the new building and the planning that has gone into can be viewed below.
Question 2: Wrestling Room and Additional Gym
Our current facility has a wrestling room and construction of a new one is not included in Q1. In order to reduce square footage, we had to reduce our current number of gym stations. Voters can choose to add an additional gym station along with a dedicated wrestling room in Q2
Question 3: Decommissioning
We heard during community meetings that many people wanted input on deciding whether to decommission the Lamberton Building. The district didn’t decommission Storden and Jeffers and Sanborn. Decommissioning basically means moth balling the building. We are doing decommission and demolition, including abatement. Money is for the demo. Long Term Facility Maintenance fund is for abatement.
WHY NEW? Why Not Renovate?
Renovation just doesn’t cut it. The cost of renovation is an estimated $32 million - including $18 million for immediate infrastructure and code compliance updates.
A new building would:
What would the new building look like?
No architectural or engineering work on a new facility will be completed until the project is funded. If the referendum is approved, a contractor would be selected and they would conduct a process that heavily involves district administration and staff members, and may involve some community communication and engagement, to help with design details. The new school would likely open in fall 2023.
How was the cost of a new building calculated?
In order to accurately calculate costs, the major features of the new building were built into the costing methodology, including:
Finally, the consultant works with the school board to understand the needs of the community to determine the level of quality of materials. The cost estimate includes quality materials and systems, but not “Cadillac” quality. The focus is to lower the overall life-cycle cost of a building, paying attention both to upfront cost as well as long-term maintenance costs.
How does the cost of the construction of the new building compare to other new schools?
This is a difficult question to answer because the answer depends on a number of factors: cost of property, the types of learning spaces (such as gyms, cafeterias, performing arts centers, etc.).
According to the district’s construction consultant, the costs of new construction in the area is anywhere between $320-$365/sqft – these numbers are higher in metropolitan areas. Red Rock Central is proposing a new building at 118,700 sqft which is $347.50/sqft. So the new school would be in the middle of the new construction costs range.
How can I learn more about the current school building and its condition?
A great deal of study and evaluation of our current school campus was completed by our team of consultants. The result of their analysis can be found on the district’s Facility Planning web page.