By Susan Miller
Missourian Staff Writer
Due to space constraints, the Washington School District is out to bid on leasing modular trailers for classrooms at two elementary sites.
Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said the modular trailers will be installed by the start of the new school year at South Point and Marthasville elementary schools.
The district’s request for proposals (RFP) calls for a three-year lease.
Bids are due by Thursday, June 21. A pre-bid meeting was held Thursday for qualified bidders at South Point School.
The district is seeking to lease two double classroom units and two single classroom units.
Leasing modular trailers are among several changes being made for the new school year after voters rejected a $65 million bond issue for new construction and building improvements this past April.
The bond issue included a 46-cent property tax increase. If Prop I had passed, the district planned to build a new elementary school, middle school and early childhood center, as well as renovate another building for an alternative education site, and make technology improvements districtwide.
VanLeer said the gifted education (Challenge) program will be moved out of Washington West Elementary to another building next year due to space issues.
Some reorganization in terms of special education classrooms also will occur next year and the district will not host any home track meets in 2013 due to the need for major track repairs.