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Plattsmouth Community Schools

PLATTSMOUTH – Plattsmouth Board of Education members have hired an Omaha architecture firm to help the district with details for its upcoming bond issue election.

Board members voted 9-0 to hire DLR Group Inc. at their regular meeting Monday night. The contract with DLR Group states the district will pay the firm $9,000 for facility planning services and $9,000 for fact presentation and related services for the bond issue.

If a bond issue passes this year, the district would pay DLR Group 5.95 percent of the probable total cost of construction work at the conclusion of the design development phase. If a bond issue does not pass, the architecture firm would receive the aforementioned $18,000.

The contract states the estimated cost of the upcoming bond issue is $14,750,000. DLR Group will begin planning a bond project that includes items at the elementary, middle and high schools.

A preliminary project list for the bond includes replacing the current portable classroom at the elementary school with a new permanent addition. Items at the elementary school also include roof repairs, improvements to the drop-off/pick-up access road, restroom remodeling and renovations, computer lab renovations and door additions to modular classrooms.

Preliminary items at the middle school include replacing the outdoor running track, replacing the gymnasium flooring and bleachers, restroom remodeling and renovations, roof repairs and computer lab renovations.

Preliminary items at the high school include adding new space for vocational technology programs such as construction trades, agricultural science and culinary arts. There would also be updates to the sound system and stage lighting in the PHS auditorium, remodeling and renovations of restrooms and adding an emergency generator at the building.

Preliminary items on a districtwide basis include upgrading heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems at all buildings. The district would also upgrade and expand security camera systems, repair parking lots and renovate all main entrances at school buildings to include security vestibules.

Plattsmouth Superintendent Dr. Richard Hasty told board members he will soon be meeting with teachers and administrators at all buildings to gather additional input. Final cost estimates will be available in early March. Board members would likely approve the final bond resolution at their March meeting.

DLR Group architects and engineers will visit each of the school buildings over the next several weeks. The company will provide documents, drawings and other information for the district to use during community meetings from March to May. Architects will also be available to answer questions from the public.

If the schedule remains the same, district voters would be able to cast ballots on the bond initiative in May. If the bond passes, construction and renovation work would likely begin this summer. If it does not pass, the district would have an opportunity to place a new bond issue on the ballot for a November election.

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