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June 11, 2013

MVTHS gets offer on parking areas

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Township High School has received an offer to purchase the parking areas adjacent to Building G on campus.

School officials are not revealing the source of the $300,000 offer, but the issue was discussed briefly at Monday night’s meeting of the school board’s Building Committee. This is the first purchase offer the district has received for its property.

“It would appear to be a reasonable number based on our appraisal,” said Superintendent Michael Smith.

The district intends to sell some or all of its buildings on campus to help pay for the $72.8 million new school project.

Now that the offer has been received, school officials will follow up with the potential buyer to talk over deadlines and other issues.

Also on Monday, the Building Committee heard a detailed presentation on the state of the new school project from architect Greg Brown of FGM Architects.

At this point, the project has progressed beyond the design development phase and has moved into the construction documents phase. Bidding is still set for October.

Brown pointed out that the project is currently about $1 million over-budget. Even so, ongoing reductions are being made to get the estimated costs in line by the time bids are received.

“We want to be as close on bid day as we possibly can,” Brown said. “We hope to get good bids, a lot of bidders, and that the market stays stable.”

The cost total was higher, but planners reduced the size of the gymnasium, saving around $750,000, Brown said. Instead of the original plan of 2,030 seats, there will now be 1,920.

In addition Monday, the MVTHS Board of Education held a special meeting and the board’s Finance Committee met.

Other actions included:

n Discussion of the proposal to name the new MVTHS theater after the Schweinfurth Foundation. Schweinfurth plans to contribute to the new theater and is seeking lifetime naming rights for the building. The board will likely vote on this issue next Monday.

n Hearing of a presentation on how the $19.8 million bond referendum for the new school project will be repaid.

n Discussion of the process to name a replacement for Cynthia Davis, who stepped down from the board last month. Letters of interest will be accepted until Friday and the board will conduct interviews in closed session June 20.

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