Facility assessments and a time line were discussed at the St. Clair R-XIII School Board meeting Thursday, Jan. 10.
Stephen Raskin, project manager with FGM Architects, presented the results of their districtwide facility assessments. He first showed drone footage of morning traffic problems with buses, cars and pedestrians.
Raskin said the traffic issues will be further evaluated and possible solutions discussed.
FGM Architects toured each school building and took photos, as well as spoke with Superintendent Dr. Kyle Kruse and staff for the assessments.
Raskin noted St. Clair Elementary is in need of paving and asphalt repairs for sidewalks, parking lots, roads and playgrounds, in addition to lighting upgrades, skylight and roofing work, and more.
Improvements at Edgar Murray Elementary include traffic circulation, paving and asphalt, mechanical issues, if bathrooms are ADA compliant, lighting upgrades and more,
At the junior high, improvements include traffic circulation, the softball field, the administration office, paving and asphalt, heating and ventilation, lighting and more.
At the high school, Raskin said improvements include traffic circulation, paving and asphalt, heating and ventilation, lighting upgrades, locker room upgrades, roof repairs, annex buildings and more.
The high school building will be “one of the most challenging,” he said, because it is the largest building with complex mechanical systems in place.
In the spring, Raskin said FGM Architects will meet with faculty and staff to present their facility assessments. He added that faculty and staff will have the opportunity to add their input on building improvements.
“This is really a discussion,” he said. “This is an opportunity for them to really engage in terms of the process and share with us what’s important to them based upon curriculum and buildings.”
The springtime also will be when the architect firm will hold a community meeting about the facility assessments.
“We’re going to do the exact same process; we’ll do it in a slightly different format, but with an opportunity to engage your community and your stakeholders and get them out here to provide feedback as well,” Raskin said.
Over the summer, the firm will create a list of possible projects. Additionally, the firm will host two meetings with faculty and staff and two community meetings where people will be able to vote on a project they feel is a priority, Raskin said.
In October, FGM Architects will report to the board on possible projects and the board will discuss a projects list. In November, the board will discuss and modify the projects list.
Then in December, the list will be finalized and the board will decide whether or not to place a no tax-increase bond issue on the April 2020 ballot that will help pay for the projects.
Kruse said a bond issue for the district has not been passed since 2003.
“If you moved into your home in 2003, and we’re in 2019, you’re probably due for some updates,” Kruse said. “You just are. It seems to be a timely, coming together of events where the possibility of a bond issue is advancing and facility planning is coming together.”