School board to vote on funding new gyms for Hickman, Rock Bridge high schools

Sunday, November 13, 2011 | 4:40 p.m. CST; updated 7:14 a.m. CST, Monday, November 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board will vote on several items Monday, including the recommendation by administrators to approve the source of funding for new gymnasiums at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools. 

Administrators are recommending the board adopt a contract worth $11.8 million with Sircal Contracting out of Jefferson City. 

Six contracts were submitted, but Sircal Contracting had a 7.5 percent lower bid than the other offers, excluding the highest bid. 

The total budget for the projects is $13.75 million, and it would be taken from the $120 million 2010 bond issue's capital projects fund. 

According to the bond timeline, the gyms will be completed by August 2013. Hickman and Rock Bridge will both have two gyms after the project is completed.

The new gyms will provide additional space when the schools add ninth-graders in 2013. Each school currently serves grades 10 through 12. 

Hickman will replace classrooms that will be overtaken by gym construction and receive a new grandstand and press box for its football stadium. 

The board will also vote Monday night on whether to accept the administrators' recommendation to designate the firms Peckham and Wright and ACI Frangkiser Hutchens as the district's official architects. Their contract would run through Nov. 30, 2014. 

A committee including board members Michelle Pruitt and Jonathan Sessions and deputy superintendent Nick Boren reviewed proposals from 12 firms to participate in the project. If the board approves this decision, design for the new elementary school will begin.

The elementary school will be located in northeastern Columbia near the site of Battle High School, which opens in August 2013. The elementary school's expected completion date is June 2015, and its estimated construction budget is $10.7 million. Financing will be drawn from the 2010 bond issue's capital projects fund.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. after a special session at 5:15 p.m. Monday. Both will be held at the district administration building, 1818 W. Worley St.

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Larry Anderson November 13, 2011 | 5:22 p.m.

So has Battle High been built with two gyms? It will contain grades 9-12; as well, once it gets up and running full force.
It seems all school buildings should get air conditioning before Hickman and Rock Bridge get second gyms.

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