The Duncan Banner

June 26, 2013

Renovation work continues for DHS

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Through bond funds, the Duncan High School is getting more than a facelift.

Work on the high school renovation project began Monday with a completion date set for January 2014. And the work, which is the result of a Feb. 14, 2012, bond election, is beginning to show signs of progress, Duncan Schools Superintendent Sherry Labyer said.

“Careful planning and strategic planning, thoroughness is going to pay off,” Labyer said. “As we move through the building, we may find some unforeseen issues. But we have contingency funds set aside to take care of those.”

Duncan voters approved $19.03 million for the bond issue and much of that money will be used to renovate the high school, something that hasn’t happened since the school was constructed for the 1960-61 school year. During the June 4 regular meeting, the Duncan Board of Education approved the guaranteed maximum price of $14,770,775.66 to renovate the high school.

The remainder of the funds, with the exception of the contingency funds, will be used for technology, textbooks, and to pay for fees for the bonding company, the architect and the contracting company. The contingency funds are extra funds that take care of unforeseen problems.

“By taking our time, the scopes of work have started to pay off,” Labyer said. “There will be some growing pains.”

During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, the board approved bids for the electric, and for the canopy and covers. Labyer said the approved bids came in under the budgeted amount the school board would have approved.

For instance, the budgeted amount set for the electric portion was $1,867,000. But the approved electric bid was $1,611,800, meaning the bid come in $255,200 under the maximum price.

The budgeted price on the canopy and covers was $364,933, but the bid came in at $215,000. This is a difference of $149,993.

Leftover funds from the main project, if the project portions come under bid, go into the contingency fund. Once the main portion of the project is completed, remaining funds could be used on the two alternative projects, including upgrading a portion of the West Building to be use for the EDGE Academy and remodeling the Art Building.

“With the electric and the canopy bids coming in under bid, that makes our contingency fund stronger,” Labyer said. “It could help stretch to include those alternatives. But we don’t know what the unforeseen issues will be (in the Main Building).”

The school district held a ground-breaking ceremony June 10. Monday, various machines were used to remove trees from the front of the high school campus. This portion of the work will create a bus loop at the front of the high school to allow work to proceed on the backside of the Main Building.

Labyer said the next few months will be a constant transition for the campus, from moving teachers to creating a new face to the high school.

“We’re making progress,” Labyer said. “It’s exciting. Progress sometimes is messy. We’ll go through an unsightly stage, a growing stage, to get it where we need to.”