The three sites selected to present to the public include the Banks property, which the board last year had selected as the site for a new school if the bond issue on the November ballot had passed; the Gaba property, located in "the triangle" between U.S. Highway 65 and South Odell Avenue on the south edge of Marshall; and a 70-acre portion of the Gieringer property east of Lincoln Avenue and south of Watermill Road.
The 26-acre Banks property remains the lowest-cost option at a total of $260,000. The Gaba property, just under 40 acres, would cost about $700,000 and the 70-acre Gieringer tract would be $650,000.
Tim Rosa of Titan Construction, with support from Bill Makin of architectural firm ACI Frangkiser Hutchens, gave the board an overview of revisions to the building design of the three-grade elementary school that would be built if the bond issue passes in April.
The cost of the building was trimmed from about $19 million to less than $16 million by reducing the size of some rooms -- although classroom sizes were not reduced -- lowering a wall, removing lockers and eliminating the use of a geothermal system to heat the building.
The new estimate, which includes everything from land purchase and architect's fees to furnishings and fixtures, is about $15.8 million.
The estimate is based on using the Banks property as the site, as the board had planned last year. With the reconsideration of building site, the costs could change some because cost of site preparation and roadwork might vary, but Rosa said in the context of the project's size, the construction cost variance would not be very significant.
The board established a series of six meetings to present information about the proposed sites and the cost comparisons between building a new school and renovating the older schools and to get input and questions from voters. The meetings will occur in all four elementary schools and Bueker Middle School, with each meeting starting with a tour of the host building.
--Eastwood: Monday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m.
--Southeast: Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
--Benton: Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m.
--Northwest: Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
--Eastwood: Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.
--Bueker Middle School: Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m.