Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Carroll Community School Board agreed that it will move ahead with prioritizing the projects on its five-year buildings and grounds plan.

“Last month you received a document with an outline of several potential projects that need to be done here in the district,” CCSD superintendent Rob Cordes told the board during Monday’s regular meeting at Carroll High School.

Cordes pointed out that some of the projects on the five-year building and grounds plan the board received at its January meeting could probably be eliminated from the list, like adding a walking track in the lower gymnasium at Adams Elementary.

There are other projects on the list, however, that are higher priority, such as the replacement of the cooling towers at the high school, which Cordes said have outlived their life expectancy.

“Some of those projects have been on a five-year plan for 25 years or more probably,” he said. “I think we also need to have some discussion of whether some of the projects are needed around the district anymore or not. If not, let’s get them off the list because there certainly some others things that have come up over time that are more of a need than some of the things that have been on that list for years.”

To help with the process of determining projects’ importance. Cordes met with Jeff Dvorak, CCSD’s supervisor of buildings and grounds.

They determined that the board should prioritize the projects at a separate meeting.

“I think it would be wise to have a facilitator at that meeting that is not Jeff or myself,” Cordes said. “That way we can be a part of that discussion and give feedback, and not sway your thoughts on prioritizing the projects.”

Cordes said he would look into hiring a facilitator, probably costing about $250 or $300, and determining a time to hold a meeting about the building projects with the board and a facilitator.

Dvorak told the board that this is a necessary step toward the completion of projects around the district.

“We just need to figure out a process that we can get some of these projects finished,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of them on the list for quite some time, and we need to get them finished up.”

In other business, the board approved the kitchen-upgrade proposal presented by Sara Nielsen, the district’s food-service director.

The proposal included:

A new range, a reach-in refrigerator and freezer, a new serving line and a dishwasher at Adams Elementary; more serving wells, new serving lines with lights, a double-stacked convection, and one new salad bar at the high school; a new salad bar at Fairview Elementary; and a reach-in refrigerator and freezer at the middle school.

Total cost will be $101,124, which come out of the nutrition budget, as well as sales tax or physical plant and equipment levy funds.