Granby " Rankin serves as superintendent at his last school board meeting |

Granby " Rankin serves as superintendent at his last school board meeting

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Superintendent Robb Rankin chaired his last meeting of the East Grand Board of Education on Tuesday.

Rankin, who has served as the district superintendent for the past 12 years, is retiring at the end of this month.

At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, school board President Tom Sifers said it marked a “historic occasion” as Rankin’s final meeting as superintendent.

Nancy Karas, who has been the principal of East Grand Middle School for nine years, will be Rankin’s replacement as superintendent starting July 1.

During the meeting, the board approved a change order totaling $67,668 for its ongoing school remodeling/construction projects being built by the Neenan company.

It is the third change order approved so far for the projects. The two previous change orders totaled $875,709.

With the third change order, the total price tag for the district’s facilities project has risen to $17,756,048. The original contract amount with the Neenan Company was $16,812,671.

Rankin told the board that he expected one more change order will be required later this summer and that it would “be in our favor.”

With this latest expenditure, the district still has about $ 1 million remaining in bond premium, contingency, interest and “weather allowance” funds from its $18.25 million bond proceeds.

Approved by voters in last November’s election, the bond is paying for major building expansion and remodeling projects at Fraser Valley Elementary, Granby Elementary and Middle Park High School.

Reporting on the actual construction work, Rankin said the projects were “on time” with the work crews “building stuff like crazy.” He pointed out that 30 percent of the work being done is by local subcontractors.

The only significant glitch so far in the school remodeling projects has been the larger-than-expected asbestos abatement work that needed to be done for the expansion of the commons area at Middle Park High School. Rankin said the abatement work, which is costing $85,000, should be completed by next week.

Also discussed Tuesday was Indian Peaks Charter School’s remodeling of its modular classrooms and the installation of six modular classrooms being built in Arizona. Kim Hanna, a charter school board member, requested clarification on the release of the $400,000 that the district had committed to the project. Rankin said the district would “cut checks” when Indian Peaks provided “documentation” on the specific remodeling work being done.

After an hour of its regular business meeting, the East Grand school board went into a two-hour work session to discuss superintendent/district goals for the 2008-09 school year.

At the start of the work session, Rankin vacated his seat at the board’s table and sat in the hearing room’s audience section. Karas took over his seat at the table.

During the work session, Karas told the board that she would be working to “build a strong, cohesive administrative team.” She was referring to the fact that all five of the district’s schools will have new principals as well as a new director of student achievement next fall.

Karas also said that she would be working on the continued integration of the International Baccaleaurate program into the district’s curriculum. In addition, she plans to make changes in the district’s policy governance policies.

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