JOINING OUR TEAM!
Some Board News...
The last two board meetings and work sessions representatives from Carl A. Nelson Group and DLR, have been present and actively participating in discussion relevant to our facility planning and anticipated projects. Travis Squires a representative from Piper Jaffray joined us last night to discuss financing options the district can leverage. He reviewed with the Board the current state of the district's finances, the use of SAVE funds and ability to borrow against these funds, and the various scenarios of how a bond issue might affect the tax levy. These are critical conversations in the planning process. We want to make sure that the projects we move forward are clearly needed and helpful for our students, that the district will remain in a healthy financial position, and a solid and reasonable financial plan is in place.
The natural question at this point for everyone is how much is this going to cost. Over the last several months we have made strong progress toward developing a consensus on the project and concept drawings. Now that we are at this point, they can work on the schematic design and we will be able to develop a more concrete budget and begin the process of soliciting addition feedback on the proposed work. It is anticipated we will have a preliminary budget prepared within the next two to three weeks.
The Board also approved the consent agenda, the District's emergency operations plan, the contract with the Shenandoah Medical Center for the Wellness Plan, awarded the milk bid to Anderson Erickson and bread bid to Bimbo Bakeries, a contract with Boys Town for professional development services at our last two meetings.
The Board is doing good work by engaging in the right conversations at the right time to meet the needs of our students. I appreciate their time and effort.