School board votes to borrow $20 million
By Angie Landsverk
The Weyauwega-Fremont School Board took the next steps toward its building and improvement program when it met Monday, Nov. 28.
The board authorized the issuance and sale of $10 million Bond Anticipation Notes now and the issuance and parameters for the sale of not more than $10 million in General Obligation Refunding Bonds sometime next year.
The board approved both actions with votes of 6-0. Dan Kohl was absent.
Board President Doug Ehrenberg said the second resolution gives permission to issue the second $10 million when it is appropriate, likely around March.
The district plans to issue the final $1 million in funding in early 2018.
The school board also voted to seek a request for proposals to identify potential construction manager at-risk services for the project.
District Administrator Scott Bleck said the request was to go out on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and is open to firms throughout the state and country.
The proposals will be due in the district at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Bleck will then be joined by Business Manager Drew Niehans and Dean Beeninga in identifiying potential firms to interview for the position.
Beeninga is an architect and educational facility planner at ATS&R, the Minneapolis-based firm hired by the district.
In January, the board may decide what firm to hire, Bleck said.
The actions of the board follow voters in the district approving a school referendum on Nov. 8.
Voters approved spending up to $21 million on a building and improvement program by a vote of 1,999 to 1,716.
The approved referendum includes a $339,432 project at Fremont Elementary School and $20.6 million in improvements and additions at W-F High School.
Construction is scheduled to begin next year, with the addition at Fremont Elementary tentatively set to begin in May and be completed in August.
That addition will be a new main entry along James Street and will involve moving the reception area and principal’s office from the interior of the building to there.
There will also be a lobby and conference room in the new main entry.
Two phases of construction are shown thus far at the high school, with the first beginning next May and being completed in September and the second phase starting next September and being completed in late 2018.
The additions being constructed at the high school will include four new classrooms, a new secure entry, a 400-seat auditorium and a multipurpose gym.
The project there will also include remodeling the commons and creating a forum room and flexible learning areas.