The Redwood Area Board of Education is in the middle of two capital projects that are intended to enhance the Reede Gray Elementary School and RVMS/HS sites.
The first project is a new playground area at Reede Gray school. After several discussions, a playground committee has developed a playground master plan that features a more natural play theme that includes elevation changes and encourage lots of physical activity. The committee also recommended the current set of swings remain. In the end to complete the project would include a price tag in the area of $465,000. The committee opted to reduce that amount to $375,000.
John McNamara of Wold Architects, talked about the playground project with members of the school board at the board’s November meeting this past Monday and suggested the board split the project into two packages.
The first would be to do the site improvements and demolition at an estimated cost of $130,000. McNamara hopes to put the site work out for bids some time in January.
The site upgrade includes some retaining wall structures and a bike path.
McNamara added the equipment for the project can be purchased through state contract which means not having to go through the bidding process for those items.
The board directed McNamara to move forward with the site upgrades bid package.
In addition, the board is moving forward with the project that would improve the entrance area in front of RVMS/HS and the upgrade of the south parking lot from asphalt to concrete.
McNamara said the cost of the entry improvements which includes removal of the current planter, concrete and flag pole, new concrete and soil corrections, excavation, waterproofing and two new flag poles has an estimated cost of $150,000. However, he added, there are some alternatives that could be included, such as bollards in front of the entry, additional flag poles and the extension of a drain tile to the main entry with an added cost of $21,000.
To do two-thirds of the parking lot has an estimated cost of $500,000, with an additional $100,000 to do more of the lot.
According to Scott LeSage, school finance director, the school board has set aside funds for the entry, parking lot and playground projects, adding other dollars in coming years in capital outlay and deferred maintenance could provide funds for the projects.
McNamara is also hoping to put the Redwood Valley site project work out for bids in January.