Edison parking lot work to start

The Minot Public School Board gave Kraus-Anderson Construction Company the go-ahead Wednesday to move forward with preliminary work on a parking lot at Edison Elementary even though lawyers aren’t finished negotiating a “guaranteed maximum price agreement” for the project.

Business manager Scott Moum said the agreement is necessary to keep the total project on schedule.

The parking lot project includes site removals, sub grade preparation, site utilities, grading, curb and gutter, paving, installation of sleeves for future use by the irrigation contractor, site lighting and site concrete. The board gave limited authorization for the project work to begin, at a price of up to $825,000, though it may be less. Jason Peterson, project manager for Kraus-Anderson, said it might be possible to save some costs during the work on the parking lot.

Work on the parking lot is scheduled to be done by mid-September, if all goes smoothly. Preliminary work for the new classroom addition at Edison Elementary would begin sometime in mid-October, said Peterson. Kraus-Anderson is the construction manager at risk for the project and JLG Architects are the architects.

Minot voters approved a $39.5 million bond issue in April that will pay for new school construction in Minot, including the classroom addition at Edison, which is to be completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Peterson said the Edison parking lot will be separated from the construction area with construction fencing and there will be a temporary walkway leading to the new temporary west entrance which will serve as the main entrance to the school during the construction.

Peterson said he will return with a report on the final cost of the parking lot project when the guaranteed maximum price agreement has been negotiated.

The bond issue will also pay for construction of a new elementary in southeast Minot and a new classroom addition at Perkett Elementary, as well as safety and security improvements at all the Minot schools.

Also at Wednesday’s board meeting, school district superintendent Mark Vollmer said enrollment looks strong for the coming school year, with 70 new students registered for classes this week alone. There are 94 children enrolled in kindergarten so far at Washington Elementary, which has been one of the most overcrowded schools in the district. Five sections of kindergarten at Washington have become the norm. Vollmer said there will likely be further registrations in the lead up to the start of school.

“Increased numbers may result in a request for more staff,” said Vollmer.

Parents of new students are asked to register their kids at the district office. Vollmer said earlier registration is preferable because it allows the district time to receive records from the children’s old schools.