The board was presented with information for the "guaranteed maximum price" (GMP) for the construction projects at MHS and Bishop Stadium. Adolfson and Peterson, the Construction Manager At-Risk for the projects, established the GMP as approximately $37 million. The board approved 5-0 the GMP.
The board was also presented change orders for the projects at Ogden Elementary and MHS. At Ogden, wood studs and plaster need to be replaced in order to tie in more seamlessly new doors and door frames, and the board approved 5-0 the change order of $16,880. For MHS, the existing mobile unit is being moved to Bluemont Elementary so that it's out of the way of the construction at MHS and will also provide flex space during construction at Bluemont. Board members approved 5-0 the change order of $12,500.
The City of Manhattan is planning to expand sanitary sewer lines in Miller Ranch and proposed purchasing an easement on the property in Miller Ranch owned by USD 383 for $1,802. Administration recommended donating the easement because the sale would amount to a transfer of local tax dollars and because the city has been cooperative in waiving permit fees for the district's construction projects. The board approved 5-0 to donate the easement.
Board members approved 4-2 on second reading (Doug Messer joined the meeting via speaker phone) a technology bid to purchase desktop and laptop computers. When the proposal was first presented to the board in May, board members had directed the technology department to reduce the bid due to the district's budget problems. Nancy Knopp and Walt Pesaresi still thought it was too much money to be spending at this time and voted against the purchases.