BOE to purchase 33 acres in Holtville

Published 5:37pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Elmore County Board of Education passed a resolution Monday night approving the purchase of approximately 33 acres adjacent to current Holtville school properties. Cost of the property is $3,400 per acre and the purchase will be made to prepare for expected future needs of Holtville community schools.

In other business, the board:

•Agreed to employ Cherry/McNab Architects to provide schematics, budget estimates, design and construction administrative professional services for projects at Stanhope Elmore High and Wetumpka Elementary in 2014. Renovations at Stanhope Elmore will include replacement of certain problem doors, work on ventilation and heating systems and revamping the school’s band room and old gymnasium. Renovations at Wetumpka Elementary will include replacement of 50-year-old windows in the cafeteria, correction of air conditioning problems and other minor renovations. Combined budget for the two projects will be $700,000-$800,000.

•Approved employment of McKee & Associates to provide schematics, budget estimates, design and construction administrative professional services for a new gymnasium at Elmore County High in 2014-15. Budget for the project will be $1.75-$2 million.

•Voted to employ Cherry/McNab Architects to provide feasibility, budget estimates, design and construction administrative professional services for security entrance upgrades for Holtville Middle, Coosada Elementary, Eclectic Elementary, Airport Road Intermediate, Millbrook Middle, Eclectic Middle and Holtville High for summer 2014 construction. Budget for the entire project is $250,000-$300,000.

Bruce Christian, construction consultant for the board, said the security upgrades are aimed at providing a waiting area in each school from which visitors must be “buzzed” in by front office personnel.

“We are always taking steps to make our campuses more secure,” said Larry Teel, board chairman. “We know there can never be a guarantee for a campus to be totally secure, but we work toward their being as safe as possible.”

Christian also provided an update on ongoing construction projects. He said several projects at Elmore County High are complete, including parking lot repairs, auditorium renovations and HVAC upgrades in the gymnasium.

He noted that the physical education pavilion at Wetumpka Middle School is expected to be complete in November.

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