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School district maintenance plans take shape
by Chuck Friedbauer
Feb 18, 2012 | 1163 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District 112 will seek school board approval to advertise for bids on four maintenance projects at the board’s Feb. 23 meeting, with anticipated costs expected to be slightly less than $1 million.

Three of the projects involve original portions of the Chaska High School site, including reconstructing the tennis courts for approximately $438,000, resurfacing the track and field event area for approximately $120,000, and renovating parking lots for $264,000. A fourth project would be to renovate the District Education Center parking lot for approximately $120,000.

Pending the board approval, the district would choose contractors by March or April and construction would proceed during the summer months.


The projects are part of the first year in the district’s 10 year Alternative Facility Plan, which totals $26,852,962.

To fund the next three years of the plan, district officials are expected to ask for school board approval on a $10 million bond sale date in March, with the sale occurring in April.

The bond money would be used to pay for maintenance projects on current district facilities over the 2013-15 fiscal years. Significant items in those years include nearly $1.5 million to replace roof sections at Bluff Creek Elementary, Chaska High School and Chaska Middle School East and approximately $250,000 to renovate the District Education center HVAC system.

The bond’s net tax impact on a $250,000 home would be an additional $10 per year.

Per Minnesota law, school districts are allowed to bond for proposed capital projects in deferred maintenance, disabled accessibility, and eligible health and safety projects.

In order to qualify, a school district must have more than 66 students per grade level, meet certain average building age and total building square footage requirements, not have enough funding from health and safety revenue and have a 10 year facility plan.

District 112 first became eligible for this bonding with the construction of Chanhassen High School.

Most of District 112’s Alternative Facility projects involve investing in roofing, exterior walls, windows, foundation waterproofing, floor covering, pavement and sidewalk renovation or reconstruction, athletic facility maintenance, erosion and storm water drainage system correction and heating, ventilating and air conditioning maintenance.

Alternative Facility Plan

District 112 Facility Plan proposed spending for fiscal years 2013-15

Victoria Elementary $500

Clover Ridge Elementary $85,600

East Union Elementary $92,832

Chanhassen High School $117,000

Kindergarten Center $316,168

Pioneer Ridge Middle School $351,025

Chanhassen Elementary $419,416

Chaska Elementary $499,184

Chaska Middle School West $556,520

District Education Center $593,320

Jonathan Elementary $617,980

District wide $671,000

Bluff Creek Elementary $1,259,766

Chaska Middle School East $1,383,461

Chaska High School $2,908,478

Total $9,872,250


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February 19, 2012
Only 400 plus thousand for the tennis court. I think they should have spent 2 million. That is BS.
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