Baldwin — A report on the structural soundness of Vinland Elementary School revealed no surprises to the Baldwin School Board Monday night.
Supt. Bert Hitchcock said the board heard a presentation from Richard Wilson, a structural engineer with the Kansas City engineering firm Bob D. Campbell and Co., which was hired to evaluate the school's structural condition.
Wilson estimated remodeling costs at the elementary school to be around $165,000. That would include tearing down walls and replacing them with sheetrock and insulation, painting, installing new ceilings and new heating and electrical systems, roof and exterior repairs, and mill work.
He estimated replacement costs at about $438,000.
Hitchcock said a restriction on remodeling stipulates that schools meet all state and federal codes and provide handicap accessibility if remodeling costs exceed 25 percent of replacement costs. "That's what's now facing the board," he said.
He said Wilson's findings were not significantly different from those of the Topeka firm Finney & Turnipseed, which inspected the school in September and recommended that the board plan to finance a new facility. However, Wilson reported the results of his evaluation without suggesting a course of action for the board.
Board members will address the elementary school's fate at its next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 11, Hitchcock said.