The St. Clair R-XIII School Board hired an architectural firm to develop the district’s facility improvement plan.

Superintendent Kyle Kruse told The Missourian that the board voted unanimously for FGM Architects to do the project.

“The firm has a high level of resources available. They also, I think, showed a real ability to think beyond on how the buildings are currently being used and to envision how they need to be used in the future,” Kruse said.

The firm will develop several items including a districtwide facility assessment, a districtwide mechanical systems assessment, a long-term facility plan, community engagement pieces and a detailed assessment report – totaling $37,000.

The firm gave the school board members a preliminary time line for each assessment and design phase of the project. Each of the five items are scheduled to be completed in 2020.

During that time, Kruse said the board will decide if it is appropriate to ask voters to finance the construction part of the project through a no tax-increase bond issue.

“If the board decides to do a bond issue and if the community passes it, then theoretically construction would begin somewhere around 2021,” Kruse said.

Moving forward with construction will depend if a no-tax increase bond issue is passed by voters.

Facility Improvements

The main improvements needed districtwide are safety and security at each building and parking. Some other repairs include the high school gym bleachers, football stadium bleachers and air-conditioning and heating systems.

The district’s “newest” building is St. Clair Elementary, which was built in 1983. In 2003, there was an addition built.

Edgar Murray Elementary is the second-oldest building, which was constructed in 1961 with an addition built in 2003.

The junior high is the oldest building, which was built in 1953. There were major renovations made to the junior high after a catastrophic fire in 1968.

The high school building was constructed in 1968 and there have been several additions since then.

About FGM Architects

FGM Architects has completed more than 40 long-term facility plans and has worked with other school districts including Lonedell R-XIV, Rockwood, Northwest RI, Crawford County RII and Moberly School districts, according the firm’s proposal to the school board.

Kruse said the firm’s current principal-in-charge and project manager, Stephen Raskin, worked on St. Clair Elementary’s and Edgar Murray Elementary’s additions back in 2003 when he worked for Ittner Architects.

FGM Architects mission is to “provide architecture, planning and interiors services to a diverse clientele assembling an integrated professional team who develops strong relationships and works collaboratively with the client to meet the client’s present and future needs.”

The firm’s core purpose is “to enhance communities by creating quality environments