RC schools to sell bonds for renovations

ROGERS CITY – Rogers City Area Schools will sell $900,000 in bonds to pay for an extensive renovation of its middle/high school building.

Board of Education members voted to make the sale to Chemical Bank CFC Capital, the lowest of three bids opened Monday. They did so after hearing a presentation from Ed Hunt of Integrity Construction Services, who told them about their renovation options.

The plan is to replace every window in the building that houses both the high school and middle school, and the metal exterior walls below it, district Superintendent Katy Xenakis-Makowski said. These windows are all single-pane, and installing modern ones would result in substantial energy savings from the district. She’s hoping the district can get some energy efficiency rebates for making the switch.

Money from the bond sale will cover the project, and the district’s building and site sinking fund will pay for the bond debt, Xenakis-Makowski said.

The district wants the work completed over summer break, and Hunt addressed whether this is possible.

“My short answer is, yes, if we’re very organized and this group or the group we’re working with is making decisions quickly,” he said.

Hunt told the board their best option is likely to use the same type of wall his company installed on the district’s new central office, moved to vacant classrooms in the high school/middle school building in 2012. He also gave them an estimate of how much it would cost to replace the building’s drop ceilings, thermostat system and to renovate the science lab.

All told, the renovations would cost an estimated $1.127 million, Hunt said.

That’s more than the district plans to spend, so now district officials must decide what needs to be done, Xenakis-Makowski said. They’ll meet with Hunt in two weeks to discuss the project further, going room by room to determine replacement window sizes and other options. They’ll also go over a base plan being dawn up by an architect for Integrity Construction Services.

Board members have been considering the project for some time, and approved bond language for it in December. Now, Xenakis-Makowski said she’s glad to be moving forward.

“I’m really excited to make some upgrades, some much-needed improvements to the building for energy efficiency,” she said.

In other business:

board members approved hiring Wayne Karsten as baseball varsity head coach, Matt Bredow and Jordan Zempel as baseball volunteer assistants, Karl Grambau as softball varsity head coach, Sarah Simmons and Amanda Karsten as softball junior varsity co-head coaches, Gary Bisson and Greta Grambau as softball volunteer assistants, Robert Kortman as track and field varsity head coach, Chad Coolman as track and field assistant coach, Lisa Dietlin-Kortman as track and field junior high coach and Jonathan Hoydic as volunteer golf head coach.

the district received donations of 100 electronic ballasts from All-Phase Electric Supply, $452.13 for the RCAS Children in Need Fund from Tots Abroad Preschool Co-op and $116 to the Elementary PTO Lego Fund for the fifth-grade Lego club from St. James Lutheran Church.

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