The district drainage improvement project that was first mentioned in the district’s summer newsletter has continued on schedule. There are several reasons that the district has pursued this project. The primary impetus for this project is to help take care of the district’s current assets, including the track, athletic field, FFA building and woods.
The district also needs to make repairs and resurface the athletic track as part of required maintenance. Prior to doing this, we need to improve our drainage situation to help reduce the chance of future damage to the track. In addition, we want to improve drainage for future projects such as a new FFA building and new soccer/football practice field, where we currently experience flooding issues.
The State of Michigan outlines the requirements for site improvements, which we followed to obtain the approvals needed to complete the project. After doing several required studies of our property, including topographical studies, a wetland analysis, geotechnical studies and a drainage analysis, the engineers at Kingscott put together a drainage proposal for the drain commission. After obtaining the necessary approvals from the village and the drain commission, the board of education facilities committee spent quite a bit of time with the engineers going through the details of the plans at a committee meeting. The facilities committee then made a full recommendation to the school board for their approval at the regular meeting in November.
While the school was doing the legwork to get the necessary project approvals, we also initiated a formal bidding process to seek proposals for completion of the work. After several meetings, including a post-bid interview with the two low bidders, E.T. MacKenzie Company was recommended by the engineers and the facilities committee. They were formally awarded the bid by the Dansville Board of Education on Monday, November 18, 2013.
The scope of the work includes creating a basin to hold the water from the district near the football field as well as adding other drainage improvements that redirects our water to this basin before it leaves our property. This will also help the district come into compliance with the drain commission, as we currently do not meet their water treatment specifications.
The spoils from the digging of the basin will be used to create a level area for a potential future FFA building and a practice field. We will have a top soil brought in and drainage added under the soccer/football practice field to help complete that project as well.
The moving of dirt will begin the week of December 2, 2013. The projected is expected to be finished primarily in the weeks to follow, but some restoration and clean up is scheduled for the spring.
We are currently also working on remodeling the middle school computer lab on the first floor. This will help increase the efficiency of the lab, increase the number of student computer stations and allow the middle school to be prepared for online standardized testing which is expected to begin next school year.
We are planning to start a process to get bids for a new high school roof sometime in the beginning of 2014 in hopes of undergoing a roof project in the summer of 2014.
We are so appreciative to the community for your support of our school as we continue to use the sinking funds to improve our facilities. We have generated a multi-year asset management plan that we revisit with our facilities staff annually based on needs that arise. While the board has set some general fund money aside to help with facilities planning and maintenance, we couldn’t make the improvement we are making without the additional financial support the sinking fund supplies.
If you have any questions about these projects or any other school-related matters, please don’t hesitate to call, email or stop by the superintendent’s office any time. I appreciate the chance to talk through any questions you have and welcome your feedback.
517-623-6120 ext 250