School Board OKs Ellis roofing bid; Banfield work pushed back

Published 10:03 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ellis Middle School will get its leaks taken care of this summer, but Banfield Elementary School will have to wait.

The Austin Public Schools Board approved a roofing bid for Ellis while rejecting a roofing bid for Banfield at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday in the City Council Chambers.

Though the combined bids for the two projects came within 2 percent of budget, Austin’s Director of Facility Services Mat Miller recommended rejecting the Banfield bids “give us more breathing room.”

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Six sections of the Ellis roof will be worked on.

“Our past experience has shown that we have quite a bit of wet insulation on roof sections across the district, and we’re just fearful that we’ll have that again on the Ellis section,” he told the board.

While both Ellis and Banfield were due to get roofing maintenance this year, Miller said it won’t hurt anything further to wait on Banfield’s roof.

The Ellis work is slated to start around July 1 and be completed before school starts this fall.

Other business:

—The board also approved a capital budget of $1.48 million. The Finance Committee met Jan. 25 and reviewed the capital budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Capital revenues and expenditures are projected to be about $1.48 million, resulting in roughly a break-even budget. The projected fund balance as of June 30, 2017, is $228,996. This budget is only used for larger projects such as roofing, windows, lease purchase agreements, parking lots and other similar projects.

—The longterm facilities and maintenance budget for next year was also approved by the board. The budget was approved for roughly $1 million for 2017. The board previously approved the 10-year Facilities Plan Budget in August. The plan, which is reviewed by the board every year, sets the tone for projects the district plans to do in the next 10 years.

—The board unanimously approved accepting donations from:

•$100 for the Austin High School girls swim team general expenses from Dan and Heidi Hillson

•$50 for I.J. Holton Intermediate School general expenses from Hormel Foods Corporation/Matching Gift

•$500 for Austin Public Schools school safety from Scott Woitaszewski

•$5,988 for Austin High School trap shoot team shell from the Clay Breakers Club