AUDUBON — The Audubon Community School Board approved some summer projects and looked ahead towards additional work — that could come with a price tag over $6 million — during their meeting this week.
The board approved some pending projects for this summer, like tuck pointing at the elementary school building — a project that should help with some ongoing leak issues when it rains — and replacement of fencing in the area of the football field and track. Tuck pointing at the elementary school was expected to cost about $47,000.
The board discussed traffic flow changes they might consider at the elementary school, after a survey was done by EMC Insurance, looking at ways to improve the student drop off and pick up process.
One suggestion was to put a crossing guard in place, though Superintendent Brett Gibbs said it was hard to get someone willing to put on the safety vest to do the job. Other suggestions including painting markings on the drop off and pick up areas and moving where the school buses dropped off students.
Gibbs said the district would probably have to discuss possible changes with the city — including possibly adding signage to indicate an area was no parking, just for drop offs.
If the drop off area for buses was moved, students would enter at the north door by the library.
The estimated cost to move the bus pick up and drop off area would be in the area of $50,000, and Gibbs said all the possible changes would be discussed before making a final decision.
When it came to work on the high school/middle school building, the board and administration discussed “a major remodel” that was in the future.
Major work is needed on the high school building’s HVAC system, and while some rooms were added to the building about 12 years ago, to bring fifth and sixth grades up — very little has been done since then.
The current HVAC system will need to be replaced, and other work from painting and updating to replacement of some flooring was needed.
The district is looking at working with a company called Engie Engineering who would function as construction managers partnering with engineers and working with the district on the project.
Replacing the HVAC system could cost around $3.8 million, with the total cost, including updating, running around $6-7 million.
District officials would meet with bond counsel on options for paying for the project.
Gibbs said it didn’t make sense to try to raise funds for the HVAC part of the project and then come back three or four years later to try to raise funds for the updating.