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A Letter of Clarification for the Public

A Letter of Clarification for the Public

Written by Vic Amoroso of A&J Associates, and Denny Sharp of FEH Associates Inc.


There continues to be confusion about the numbers for renovation costs of the existing buildings. It is in part a reflection of the extensive study the board has gone through looking for the best solutions for the District and the length of time that has taken. So there are many numbers out there that are being referenced without an understanding of what was included OR left out of those figures. Extensive renovation costs for the existing buildings were never developed because the task force recommended the new construction option, and the board accepted that recommendation and started us on exploring options for new construction. It would not have been a wise use of taxpayer funds for the District to complete design work for an option that was not being considered.


The renovation numbers referenced in the “fast fact” on page 3 of the Tiger Express Bond Edition were developed by RSP solely for the purpose of comparing options being considered by the Task Force. Those RSP numbers were developed with the assistance of FEH. These figures were developed during the summer of 2013. FEH staff toured all of the buildings at that time and put together an estimation of the cost for renovations of each building based on square footage. (To be specific – these calculations were just for renovations of the current building square footage, without any additions.)  These cost figures were based on similar project costs from FEH database from actual past projects construction costs. The square foot cost numbers were multiplied times the square footage of the existing buildings to develop the cost range indicated for each building. Again, this was for the remodel the existing schools to meet current building codes and replace the finishes and roofs, etc., but no expansions. Therefore, even after spending millions on these renovations, the classrooms would still be too small, the gyms at Fairview and Bailey Park would be too small, the art and music spaces would be inadequate, no multipurpose spaces or collaboration spaces would be included, and the bus lanes and parent pick up/drop off would not be addressed. The $43 - $48 Total Cost regarding renovations included all three elementary schools, the middle school and an allowance for the High School (because the extent of remodeling work there had not been fully developed at that point in time). Those costs numbers are just to remodel the existing buildings and do not include anything for the expansions needed to address the space needs at each building.


The only way to develop more concrete renovation cost numbers for the existing buildings would be to complete more design work to determine how much can be accomplished within the footprint of the existing building and how much the buildings would have to be expanded to accommodate all the needed program spaces. This is a 4-6 month process, which the board determined was an unnecessary cost and process, based on the recommendation by the Task Force to build new. However, based on FEH experience with similar school buildings, it would be cheaper to build new than to renovate and add to the existing school buildings.



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The Grinnell-Newburg School District, in partnership with the entire community, will empower every student to become a lifelong learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community. 

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