New school will cost $42 million


First Posted: 5/24/2009

Members of the Dallas School Board approved bids totaling $37.25 million for the new high school construction project Monday evening.

The cost of an athletic track, architect fees and other expenses will bring the final cost of the project to about $42.75 million.

School board members examined project alternates and eliminated some of them, saving the district almost $785,000.

One such alternate was a courtyard amphitheater. Five board members were opposed to it, dropping the amphitheater from the project. Superintendent Frank Galicki responded by saying the courtyard was a student-driven concept that was well received by the current student body.

Board member Gary Mathers suggested eliminating the construction of a new athletic track to save $343,500. Board president Karen Kyle said adding the track now will cost less because the heavy equipment needed for it will already be on site.

Mathers requested a separate resolution for the track from the construction project. The resolution for the track passed with Mathers as the only board member voting no.

Several other alternates denied include an enhanced security system of 50 additional cameras, terrazzo floors in corridors, new baseball dugouts and commons daylighting controls.

Some alternates the board decided to keep are a metal detector and X-ray machine, a greenhouse, two air-conditioning chillers and a maintenance building mezzanine.

Last Monday, the board voted 5-4 Monday to table a motion to use a Project Labor Agreement in the high school construction project. The board approved the table, which meant the PLA issue had to appear on the agenda of the next board meeting, which was held last night.

Because the bidding process was already completed and bids were awarded, board member Russ Bigus, who made the motion last week to use a PLA, made a new motion to rescind the previous motion.

The new high school is scheduled to open for the 2011-12 school year.

Visitor comments

Tom Dombrowski, of Kingston Township, a grandfather of a district student, said the children in the elementary schools and middle school are receiving too much homework on weekends. Dombrowski suggested the teachers receive the same workload on weekends and holidays, which he offered to monitor.

Dombrowksi also notified the board that the dugouts at the baseball field behind the old Dallas Township High School were never installed after the field was redone.

Hires

The board reappointed Attorney Benjamin Jones III as the solicitor for the school district for the 2009-10 fiscal year at a yearly rate of $36,000.

Mary Jo Hromchak was hired as the head girls basketball coach for the 2009-10 season at a compensation of $6,235.

Mike Chesterfield was approved as the coordinator of athletic training and weight lifting facilities at a salary of $39,500 with single health benefits.

Rebecca Bria, a staff writer for The Dallas Post, may be reached at 970-7436.

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