(undated) – More school facility discussions are expected in Red Oak this week, as Page County officials face major decisions on a courthouse window replacement project. It’s all in the coming week.
Top of today’s list of meetings is the Red Oak School Board’s 5:30 p.m. session at the High School Learning Center. At this meeting, the board should define finalists and an interview process for potential companies to conduct a thorough study of facilities in the district. Recently, school officials sent out requests for proposals to 16 architectural firms for a full assessment of the district’s space limitations, as well as other construction issues. In a recent interview with KMA News, Red Oak School Superintendent Ron Lorenz attributed the shortage at Inman Elementary to an increase in enrollment.
“For many years we have seen declining enrollment, like many districts in the region,” he said. “I think the average drop was about 18 kids a year over the last 15 years. This year we’ve seen an increase of 36 1/2 kids – which is quite significant. And we attribute a big part of that to the success of the Red Oak Early Years Centre.”
Earlier this month, the board alleviated some of Inman’s space problem by approving the lease of a two-room portable modular classroom for 39 months at a cost of more than $139,000. Also meeting tonight: Sidney City Council at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Items on the agenda include a resolution approving the contract and/or payment bonds for the City’s water meter installation project. And, a special Glenwood School Board meeting and business session will be held at 6:00 p.m.
Among Tuesday’s meetings is the Page County Board of Supervisors at 8:30 a.m. in the Page Room of the county courthouse. At this meeting, supervisors are expected to open sealed bids for the long-running courthouse window replacement project. Plans are to replace 88 windows at an estimated cost of $735,000, including a 10% contingency for the cost of supplies. Proceeds from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funds will cover project costs. Kelsey Vetter, senior architect at Farnsworth Group LLC, recently told supervisors that nearly $479,000 of that cost alone would come from the cost of windows.
“You know, you have big openings, and to be able to fill them, it adds up,” Vetter said. “And I will say that number, I worked specifically with Pella (Corporation) just because they have a factory nearby. That doesn’t mean they should be used for this project, we’re just listing them as a base of design.”
Also Tuesday morning, further discussion regarding the opening of the Montgomery County CIO is expected at the county board of supervisors meeting at 8:30 a.m. The resignation of current CIO Jim Scott was announced at last week’s meeting. Other meetings include the Mills County Board of Supervisors at 8:15 a.m., the Shenandoah City Council at 6 p.m. and the Glenwood City Council at 7 p.m.
Also this week: The Fremont County Board of Supervisors meets Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the county courthouse. Agenda items include an update from Turn Key Logistics on the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline project and a discussion regarding Shenandoah Medical Center’s EMS coverage.