Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 1990


November 14, 1990


— The McLouth School Board agreed Tuesday night to have architects draw plans to determine the cost for an overhaul on the heating, ventilation and cooling systems in much of the school complex.

Robert Messmer of PKG Design Group in Lawrence reported preliminary estimates on the cost of the work, but stressed that planning needed to get under way immediately if air conditioning was to be installed by the start of the 1991 school year.

Messmer said the estimate of the base cost was between $170,000 and $200,000. This would cover updating the system in the 1957 elementary school, including abandoning the existing furnace because of deterioration, repairing walls and floor ducts, insulating the roof and installing a rooftop heating and ventilation system similar to the one in the new high school addition.

In addition to reporting on the base cost, Messmer offered a number of alternatives.

THE 1968 north classroom addition could receive new furnaces and air conditioning, roof insulation and roof repairs for about $105,000 to $108,000; the 1979 library and classrooms could be air conditioned for $52,000 to $55,000; air conditioning the music and drafting rooms in the 1968 west gymnasium would cost about $20,000; and upgrading the cooling and ventilation system in the west gymnasium and locker areas would cost around $48,000.

After the architects complete designs for the various phases, board members will determine which aspects of the project to complete. Supt. Robert Behrens said the board will accept bids no later than May. Funding for the project will come out of the district's capital outlay and general funds, he said.

In other business, the board:

Rescheduled discussions on the School Improvement Plan for a special meeting on Nov. 27.

Granted permission to the Crackerjack 4-H club to construct a display case in the school complex to promote 4-H involvement.

COMPLETED a survey for a Kansas State University doctoral student.

Selected board members Bob Funk and Paula Carlson to participate in teacher negotiations for the 1991-92 school year.

Heard several comments from Mayor Glen Wear, who later met with the architects to discuss some concerns.

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