Sheldon School Board Hears Elementary Construction Update, Accepts Bids For Ball Field Project, Hires Elementary Administrator

Date posted - July 9, 2014

Sheldon, Iowa — The East Elementary School Construction/Renovation Project is progressing, and Sheldon Community Schools Superintendent Robin Spears says that the project is still under budget, despite some changes that have been necessitated by East Elementary Projectunforeseen discoveries made during the course of the renovation.

Spears updated the Sheldon Community School District Board of Education on the progress of the construction during their regular July meeting Wednesday night, saying that everybody involved is aware that they have four-and-a-half weeks to get things done.  Spears says they continue to hold weekly planning meetings, and that the contractors are still shooting for the completion date of August 8th.

In other action, the Board approved the plans and specifications for the Ball Field/Recreation Project. The final plans can be found at the bottom of this article.  The Board accepted bids for the concession stand, fencing and irrigation system for that project, as well.  The bid for the concession stand portion of the project went to Wiltgen Construction, at a bid of $570,000.  That amount includes what was termed as “civil work”, which includes such expenses as water and sewer installation to the new facility.  The bid for fencing was won by American Fence Company of Sioux Falls in the amount of just under $126,000.  Spears told the Board that this includes fencing for the three ball fields, as well as backstops and dugouts.  He said that it was decided to not include a fence along Highway 18 at this time.  He said that if it was decided that such a fence was needed, it could be added at a later time.  The third component of the project’s bidding was for the irrigation system.  The Board approved the bid of just under $81,500 from Van Holland Lawn Service.  While Van Holland’s total bid was higher than the other two submitted, it included  a sprinkler system installation on the infield of each ball field like it is on the High School Softball field.  This addition was not bid by the other two bidders.  The Van Holland irrigation system would also include a hand held remote controller that allows an individual control of the irrigation system without having to go to the Master Controller to run the system.  Van Holland’s base bid of just under $70,000 was the lowest of the three bids received, with the cost of the infield sprinkler system making up the difference.

The Board also approved some employment contracts for the 2014-15 school year.  Julie Kavanagh will serve as Special Education Instructional Associate at the Middle School, and Valerie Peterson and Jocelyn Wollmuth will be Special Education Instructional Associates at East Elementary.  All three will be paid $9.00 an hour for six hours per day.

The Board also approved the contract of Jason Groendyke as East Elementary Administrator for the coming school year at a salary of $87,500.  To accept that position, Groendyke resigned his current teaching and coaching positions.  Groendyke’s contract as East Elementary Administrator allows him to go back to his teaching and coaching positions for the 2015-16 school year.

Wednesday’s Sheldon School Board meeting was held in the high school library.

Final Plans and Specs for the Ball Field Project can be found here(This is a large file, please allow time for it to load)

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