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Fredericktown school board discusses construction project

The Fredericktown School Board met recently. The board reviewed current plans for an addition to the intermediate school, approved several proposals and discussed upcoming events.

Bruce Dell, an architect with Hoener Associates in St. Louis, presented the intermediate addition plans to the board. Dell discussed the layout of the building and answered questions from the board.

Dell reported the plans had been adjusted to avoid the cost associated with sprinkler system code requirements of buildings over 12,000 square feet. He also said there is a question regarding whether a storm shelter will be required to be added according to the most current building code. He indicated the fire alarm system may also require an upgrade.

Dell said he is awaiting a geotechnical report to detail the state of the ground beneath the proposed addition. The report will indicate whether soil will have to be removed and replaced with rock to provide a more stable base for the building, as well as whether the soil contains high levels of lead tailings.

After receiving approval from the board to proceed with the plans, Dell said he would return for the board’s further approval before putting the project out for bid. The project is estimated to begin over the summer and be completed sometime in the first half of 2018, with current estimates placing the cost of the project just over $2 million.

After brief discussion, the board voted to approve a dual credit agreement with Mineral Area College. The agreement grants financial assistance to students who are enrolled in college credit courses through Mineral Area College.

As part of the agreement, the student and his/her family will provide one-third of the cost of tuition, the Fredericktown School District will provide one-third and Mineral Area College will provide one-third.

The board voted to set March 21, its next regularly scheduled board meeting, as the date to rehire certified staff for the 2017-2018 academic year.

During his report, Superintendent Bret Reutzel reported on the Governor’s budget for the state and how it will affect education, and Fredericktown School District in particular. Reutzel said while there were positives in the budget, there was a cut of $36 million in transportation.

The board discussed upcoming events in the school district during February and March, then voted to hold a special board meeting on March 7.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be at 5 p.m. March 21 at the Fredericktown School District Office.

Architect Bruce Dell presents the current plans for the Fredericktown Intermediate School addition to the Fredericktown School Board.

Architect Bruce Dell presents the current plans for the Fredericktown Intermediate School addition to the Fredericktown School Board.

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