CR school board considers timeline for facility project

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Submitted by

Allan Nelson, Superintendent

Clayton Ridge Schools

The Clayton Ridge school board will hear the latest facility plan from professional designers at a special board work session on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the middle school auditorium located at 502 W. Watson Street in Garnavillo.  

Members of the Strategic Facility Planning Committee are invited to join the board in a discussion with the presenters about the facility plan. A follow-up meeting will be scheduled during the week of Jan. 19-23 for a public hearing and board decision.

On Jan. 8, the Baker Group will present plans to the board addressing specific objectives requested during the Dec. 17 board work session.  The plans presented on Dec. 17 reflected the ideas from the Nov. 24-25 facility design community workshop. The four plans presented on Dec. 17 ranged from $11M to $23M in construction costs.  The board responded with revised objectives including a new gymnasium, new locker rooms, new weight room, new wrestling room, new central entrance, new central office space, one new classroom, remodeled school kitchen/dining area, and demolition of the 1903 building.  The board expects the latest plan to be in a range between $11M to $13M dollars. 

Details on the costs of the proposed plans will be provided in an article planned for The Guttenberg Press on Jan. 14. The anticipated cost is expected to be between $2.70 and $3.00 (+/-) per thousand dollars of assessed property tax value once the details and plans are finalized.  The board will have two possible actions at their special board meeting to be scheduled later in January.  The board may ask the Baker Group to proceed with more detailed plans and drawings to share with the public in preparation for a bond election, or the board may delay the decision on the facility project and bond election to a later date.  

The meeting time and place of the special board meeting and public hearing will be published next week and is expected to be held in the evening during the week of Jan.  19-23.

The current bond election timeline is set for April 7.  If approved, the Baker Group will provide concept drawings and more details for the public to consider within 6-8 weeks. The concept drawings, details about the design, and costs would be distributed around mid-March. Two public hearings will be scheduled prior to the election allowing the public to react to the detailed drawings, project details, and cost of the facility project approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the bond election.

The school board is committed to hearing your input at our upcoming meetings and on the district’s webpage (see community survey link). Feel free to contact Superintendent Nelson for additional information at 563-252-2341 or email (preferred) at anelson@claytonridge.k12.ia.us

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