June 4, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 23

New School Buildings On Budget In Glasgow

Staying on budget can be a difficult task for any family household. Take that budget and multiply it over 100 times and imagine how difficult it could be to keep track of all the expenses.

The Glasgow School Board met for a special meeting on Tuesday, May 27, to discuss where they were with the budget for the school building projects. All around some good news was heard, especially with the East Side School project coming to a close this summer.

Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors explained to the school board members that the six year project and tasks were looking good. He explained that the budgets were a living document that shifted and changed as the cost of materials and jobs, but East Side would be wrapping up construction and the parking lot this summer.

“East Side is going to be about $80,000 under budget; that's money we can throw into Irle,” Connors said.

He explained that while East Side may be coming under, other costs they weren't anticipated have come up. The original Glasgow High School project also had to be downgraded from a $2.8 million project to a $1.2 million project, with most of the focus going into adding a kitchen that will serve the entire district.

With bids still coming in for the Irle Elementary School and some changes being made to the high school plans, it's hard to say where the numbers will actually fall, but Connors said that with the entrance of the high school taken out, they could come in $880,000 under at the high school.

With numbers still in the air over the cost of the abatement for asbestos for Irle Elementary and other materials coming in a little higher than anticipated, that budget is around $800,000 over. With the high school and East Side school under budget, that puts the district back on target for their budget. The school district is also still waiting for grant money to come in and help with some of the costs.

“If we utilize the bond premiums, if there's any leftover, we could give back the money or spend it on other projects,” Connors said.

“It would be nice if we could give some back,” board Chair Allison Molvig said.

Connors explained that School Representative Eric Hultang has been an asset to keeping track of the budget and up to date on all of the building projects. He has been working with the architect firm, L'Heureux Page Werner, as the project has progressed and kept each line item up to date.

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