Construction Project Delivery Methods discussed at School Board

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Mike Dunn talks with the Devils Lake School Board about different methods of managing a construction project.

Mike Dunn from Construction Engineers recently met with Facilities Committee Members Cory Meyer and Jason Hodous as well as Superintendent Scott Privratsky to discuss options for construction project delivery methods.

He brought his presentation to the larger board at Monday’s school board meeting outlining the traditional methods and a more recent method that can reduce cost overrides and project uncertainties. This method uses a construction manager, in fact it is called Construction Manager At Risk, or CMAR.

No action was taken by the board on this issue, but numerous questions were fielded by Dunn during and after his presentation.

As the board looks as going forward with the proposed Fine Arts Center, they are looking at their options for managing the project and Dunn’s presentation gave the board much food for thought.

It was the consensus of the board to go forward with the project. Privratsky related the project cost estimates, originally at $7.3 million in 2013   now would cost an estimated $9 million. He pointed out, however, that figure could change again before the project gets underway, it could go up or it could go down.

Other business

The board approved the North Dakota State Standards for Technology Skills for K - 12 for the Devils Lake Public Schools and approved the purchase of a two-year licensure for Easy Tech at a cost of $16,220 following the District Curriculum Committee’s recommendations.

Numerous tuition waivers were approved.

Then the board’s attention was drawn to personnel matters.

A resignation from James Clark, Special Education teacher at CMS was approved.

Appointments of Catherine Benton, Grade 2 at Prairie View, Ryan Wiberg, Grade 8 Social Studies at CMS and Jonie Wold, Grade 6 at CMS were all approved.

Alisha Knutson, Grade 4, will receive a one-year contract for Sweetwater Elementary School as she steps in for a teacher who is on a leave of absence for the 2016 - 17 school year.

Important dates ahead include May 29 2 p.m. Graduation; June 14 school board election with voting sites at Central Middle School for those who live in the city limits and Prairie View Elementary School for those who live outside the city limits; June 20 School Board Meeting at 5 p.m. will be where the votes will be canvassed; July 18 the Annual Meeting will take place; Aug. 8 there will be a regular school board meeting with a public hearing on tax levies at 6 p.m. that same evening. Privratsky said the tax levy meeting must take place prior to Aug. 10.

Aug. 22 there will be a school board meeting and on Aug. 23 is the Back to School Breakfast for all employees. He invited the school board to attend, as well.

School starts again on Aug. 24. There goes summer vacation!

The school will be on summer hours starting June 6 - July 29.