District 518 building projects are moving forward
The Intermediate School and Community Education building are still in progress, and plans are being made for an addition to the school's administration building.
WORTHINGTON — The Operations Committee of the District 518 Board of Education received an update on the district's building projects Tuesday.
“The Intermediate School is moving along; it appears to be on schedule,” said David Skog, director of management services for the district.
Some exterior work remains to be completed, some of which will likely happen in the New Year, but otherwise the building is enclosed, he added. Workers have already begun painting walls and putting in the terrazzo flooring.
“It’s a really neat facility and it looks like it’s well-planned,” said Joel Lorenz, a member of the school board.
The foundations have been poured at the Community Education building, and currently work is being done on the deep underground elements, including sanitary sewers, water and storm sewers. Steel deliveries are likely to begin next week, Skog said.
The addition to the school’s administrative building remains in the planning stage, said Superintendent John Landgaard, following one user group meeting, with another planned for next week.
School board member Mike Harberts asked where there would be any additional unused space in the building, and Landgaard answered that there will likely be two offices that are “space for the future,” but not “a ton of extra space.”
The addition will include a large conference room and a small conference room.
“You’re building for the future, not for the past,” said Steve Schnieder, school board member.
The school’s planned maintenance shed is designed, and will likely be sent out for bids in the spring, Skog said, and the budget is being estimated. Meanwhile, the playground at Prairie Elementary is on hold until the spring, he added.
A moisture issue with the Learning Center’s HVAC system has continued to be a problem, and the contractor is still working on fixing it.
“If they can’t solve it, they’ll probably be seeing some legal action,” Landgaard said.
The school is also continuing to investigate an issue with water infiltration in one of the music rooms.
“It was dry for so long that we thought maybe it solved itself, but then — we were wrong,” Skog said. “We know where the water starts to come in, we just don’t know why.”
In other news Tuesday, the committee:
Heard that the planned 2022 levy increase for District 518 is 6.91%, for a total levy of $8,252,242.10. The school board will need to vote on the levy at a meeting of the full board, with the next board meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. The District’s Truth in Taxation meeting will follow at 6 p.m.
Received a preliminary budget plan showing how the district’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds will be used, including staffing increases, curriculum and programs and facility needs.
Received a draft of the District 518 Action Plan, which outlines potential projects and needs for the school, including personnel and capital expenditures. The plan will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the full board.