The Marshfield R-1 School District would like to provide patrons with an update of the projects funded by the approval of the no-tax rate increase bond issue in April 2018. Voters gave the district approval to issue $8,000,000 in bonds to replace HVAC units, repair/replace the roof at each campus, and repair paving issues across the district. By selling the bonds at a premium, the district was actually able to generate $8,622,196.45 in funds to complete the projects.
In late September, the individual projects that began in the summer of 2018 were declared substantially complete. These projects included a complete re-roof at Shook Elementary, a complete re-roof of Webster Elementary, replacement of roof above the high school cafeteria and gym, replacement of all HVAC units at Hubble, Webster, and the Junior High, and minor paving sealing/repair at all campuses. These projects came in under initial budget projections with a total cost to the district of $3,592,017.00. That leaves a remaining balance of $5,030,179.45 in bond funds to complete the remainder of the projects.
The Board of Education has approved Stiles Roofing to complete two bond-funded projects during the fall/winter months. First, the eastern half of the roof at Hubble Elementary will be re-coated at a cost of $ 144,736. Second, portions of the Junior High will be re-roofed a small section at a time due to the continued worsening of leaks in that area. The timing and scope of the work will be managed to limit disruptions to classrooms. The cost of the project at the Junior High is $147,504.
When these projects are complete, it will leave the remaining roof at the high school, the remaining roof at the junior high, HVAC replacement at both Shook and High School, and repair of the lower parking lot at the high school to be completed during the summer of 2019. All of the roof and HVAC projects will be bid in the next two months so that crews can be secured for an early summer start. For the parking lot, the Board will contract with Paragon Architecture of Springfield to determine the appropriate repairs needed to try and ensure a long-lasting fix of the current issues. We expect Paragon to complete their analysis this fall and will bid this project in January or February.
Once again, the District would like to thank our patrons for the confidence and trust to maintain and improve our facilities through these projects. By improving the condition of our facilities we help to ensure that every child has a quality learning environment in which to prepare for his or her successful future.