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Board to decide whether to continue MHS East analysis

By Bryan Richardson

The USD 383 school board will decide whether to proceed with the Manhattan High School East Campus facility analysis during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

The board will take action on whether to award Gould Evans, of Lawrence, the contract to conduct the facility analysis. Gould Evans was considered the best fit for the study after the interview process by the Facilities and Growth Committee, which also included BG Architecture, of Manhattan.

The analysis will be conducted based on the recognition that MHS East has needs beyond the scope of the $97.5 million bond issue for construction and renovation of the district’s buildings.

Many elements of the renovation project were taken out during the planning stages of the bond issue in order to reduce the cost.

The remaining issues include substantial amounts of asbestos remaining in the building; an antiquated HVAC with asbestos; an aging plumbing system; an electrical system designed for a pre-technology age; repair and sealing needs for the building’s first floor and foundation; and improved drainage around the building and between the building and gym.

The board will also vote on whether to refinance $7.955 million of the remaining $9.785 million from the $97.5 million bond issue passed by voters in 2008. The projected savings from this action is $628,102.

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