District to renovate maintenance shop
Planning ahead to provide additional classroom space at Tonganoxie Elementary School for next year, school board members on Monday voted to renovate the school's maintenance shop.
On a vote of 5-0, with board members Richard Dean and Ron Moore absent, board members approved the work. Superintendent Richard Erickson said the architect's original cost estimate came in at $85,000, but it's likely the work can be done for less.
"We can reduce the cost of the fire alarm and intercom system by about $7,000," Erickson said. "I truly believe that as we take bids ... we can reduce it by another 10 percent. My estimate right now is $72,400 for this project."
As much of the construction as possible will be done by the school's maintenance staff, Erickson said.
The remodeling of the south two-thirds of the round-top building will give the school two regular-sized classrooms and two smaller rooms for special education. The building is on the northwest corner of the school grounds, and the district's volunteer center, which is housed in the north third of the building, will remain where it is.
Board member Darlyn Hansen said he thought it was a good idea to renovate the building, as, unlike a modular classroom, it's value will appreciate.
Leana Leslie also spoke in favor of the project.
"I agree we need the space," Leslie said. "I've talked to a lot of people in the last month and nobody's come up with a better idea."