Pittsburg USD 250 is looking for a construction manager to take on the construction projects at the four elementary schools.

Pittsburg USD 250 is looking for a construction manager to take on the construction projects at the four elementary schools.

Monday, USD 250 Board of Education members discussed the possibility of a construction manager with representatives of Hight-Jackson Architects. The representatives listed off several benefits to the arrangement, including having the early help with decision-making and having more of a team-focused effort.
They also said it was important to get early value out of a construction manager.

The representatives said a construction manager would likely take 5 to 7 percent of the overall project cost. Board members approved advertising for Requests For Qualifications for the position.

Board members also approved Hight-Jackson as the architects for the project, at a rate of 6.5 percent of the construction costs. Pittsburg USD 250 Superintendent Gary Price said, while the contract in 2001 with the company was complex, he believed the percent was a .5 percent decrease from that project.

If the project hits the full estimate at $6.1 million, Hight-Jackson would earn about $396,500.

Groundbreaking at the four schools is scheduled for May 16, with a July 14 bond sale date.

Six of the seven board members attended the meeting. Al Mendez was absent. In other news, board of education members:

• approved moving forward with the Kids Voting Kansas program. Price said the students had participated in the last two election years. The program educates students about the rights and responsibilities of voting, and teaches them to become more informed voters while pushing for additional adult participation. The program no longer comes with its 50-cent-per-child cost, though the district is looking for grant money to promote the program county-wide.

• saw a presentation by the Lakeside K-Kids. The officers of the organization showed a PowerPoint presentation talking about the activities and charitable acts they had performed over the last year. After they were finished, Price said they were the area’s “most active civic club, bar none.”

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134.