Hashing out plans

Superintendent Mark Vollmer said it’s time to finalize plans for construction of new additions at Edison and Perkett Elementaries.

The Minot Public School Board will hold a retreat in the Candlelight II Room of the Grand Hotel at 6 p.m. Monday.

“It’s an important retreat,” said Vollmer. “We need to really start hashing out plans.”

Architects and presenters will make presentations during the retreat and the board will discuss the preliminary designs for both classroom additions.

Most important is how much the district will spend on the classroom additions and whether adjustments will be made.

“We’re in a very volatile construction market right now,” said Vollmer, which could have an impact on the school projects the board wants completed by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. So it is important to get plans finalized, he said.

Voters approved a $39.5 million bond issue in April that will fund the construction of the school additions as well as construction of a new elementary school in southeast Minot and safety and security improvements at all of the schools.

As proposed, the addition at Edison Elementary would add four additional classrooms and would enable the school to offer four class sections each in grades K-5. The proposed addition at Perkett Elementary would include 10 new classrooms and a new gymnasium. Perkett would also be able to offer four class sections each in grades K-5 after the addition is built.

Vollmer said Thursday that plans for the new elementary in southeast Minot are not yet ready. The elementary school is scheduled to be constructed and ready for occupancy in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Work on safety and security measures at the schools, including the addition of buzzer systems, security vestibules, cameras and relocating school offices to central locations, is to begin this summer, said Vollmer.

In May, the board approved JLG Architects of Minot as the architects for construction of new additions at Edison and Perkett elementaries and Kraus-Anderson Construction as the construction manager at risk for those projects. AWW Architects and DLR Group are the architects for the new elementary school and safety improvements at all the schools, while Kraus-Anderson is also the construction manager for those projects.

The retreat is open to the public. No decisions will be made by the board during the retreat.