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Construction costs increase ELC budget

By Staff | Apr 16, 2008

Ed Wineinger of Waggoner & Wineinger Architects, left, discussed color schemes of the new middle school and Demoney addition to the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Board of Education Monday night. To Wineinger’s right are board member Duane Schnell, Superintendent Dick Magnuson, board President Molly Anderson, elementary Principal Kris Schlievert, and business manager Kate Woods. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Don’t let the numbers scare you.

It’s only because of the new school.

With just over $10 million budgeted for fiscal 2009 for facilities construction, the Estherville Lincoln Central budget for next year will have a 163.6 percent increase for “other expenditures”, making a total budget for the year of $34,363,562.

In presenting next year’s budget at Monday night’s board meeting, Superintendent Dick Magnuson said the tax rate of 18.06 mils will actually be down a penny compared to the current year.

“Considering everything we have going on, I feel very fortunate that we do not have to increase taxes,” Magnuson said.

The board approved the budget and later heard a construction report from Roger Gilbert, school construction project manager.

Gilbert said that while inclement weather had slowed down the project somewhat, the forecast should allow construction to progress at a better pace.

Ed Wineinger, project architect, said the project was going well and that Christensen Construction will complete construction on schedule. He said the challenge will be to remodel the existing Demoney section in 11 weeks. Wineinger said the middle-school should be completed March 2009.

In another construction-related matter, the board discussed the possibility of grinding and polishing the concrete floor in the middle school and Demoney project. Wineinger estimated the cost at $56,000.

Project general contractor Steve Christensen recommended the district go ahead with the current plan which does not include grinding and polishing, and the board approved his recommendation.

In his report, Magnuson said maintenance staff will move Maniece playground equipment to help reduce construction costs. He said the district will continue to use use its own staff whenever possible to help reduce project costs.

Magnuson said existing kitchen equipment can be used in the new school as well.

In another construction-related matter, Magnuson said he was working on finding locations for activities disrupted by construction for the 2008-09 school year. He said he wanted to ensure there was a practice football field.