August 28, 2014 in Washington Voices

Central Valley School Board picks project manager ahead of bond vote

By The Spokesman-Review
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The CV School Board took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after the board meeting on Aug. 25. Pictured here are MJ Bolt, Amy Mason and Keith Clark. The group promised a donation to the Gleason Foundation and challenged the school boards of Freeman, East Valley and West Valley school districts to do the same at their next meetings.
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The Central Valley School Board on Monday selected a project manager to oversee school construction if a bond passes in February.

OAC Services would manage construction of a new elementary school as well as remodeling and expansion at other district elementaries and projects. The district estimates the work will cost about $170 million, and expects to receive about $57 million in state matching funds. The board should vote in December to put the bond on the February ballot.

“We’re setting ourselves up for success,” Superintendent Ben Small told the board.

The district won’t be spending any money on the project manager yet, only if the bond passes, Small said.

One project included in the construction bond is renovation of the former Yoke’s at 16 N. Progress Road to house Barker High School and the district’s Early Learning Center. The board picked NAC Architecture to complete the design work.

NAC was picked in part because of its recent work on a local early learning center and with the Department of Early Learning. The firm also completed the design for the former Contract Based Education, now Dishman Hills High School, before Central Valley purchased that building.

“They are very, very conscious about the budget of this project,” Small told the school board. He said the firm understands it is not to do a lot of work on the outside of the building.

“That’s what this project is, the inside of the building,” he said.

NAC will complete the design for a proposed hourly fee not to exceed $800,000.

The board also approved a new administrative procedure for social media, which gives the communications department ownership of district-level accounts on platforms such as Facebook. The accounts are not to be used for policy decisions and don’t give official notice to the district. All school board members should avoid any use of social media that violate open public meetings laws.

Staff members must adhere to professional conduct codes and students must adhere to school policies whenever they use district computers or networks to access their social media accounts.

The board approved the new social media procedures with one abstention.

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