Voters pass East Grand school bonds by narrow margin
The East Grand School Districts 3A bond question for school construction passed in Tuesdays election. We won by a slim margin but its positive. We can now move forward, said Superintendent Robb Rankin.A total of 1,782 voters cast ballots for the bonds approval while 1,623 voted against it. The margin of victory was 159 votes. Rankin had been holding a vigil at the District Office awaiting election results when he finally received the call at 11:10 p.m. informing him of the 3A bonds passage. Those results had not appeared by the time Tuesdays school board meeting officially adjourned at 9:15 p.m. Some board members and administrators stayed for nearly an hour hoping for results.Voter approval of the East Grand School Districts 3A bond question will fund $18.25 million in school construction for the following projects: Fraser Valley Elementary Add seven classrooms, allowing it to have three classes per grade level and space for a preschool. A remodeling of the buildings entryway will increase its security. Cost is $3,351,218. Granby Elementary Add six classrooms, allowing it to have three classes per grade level and expand its lunchroom. A remodeling of the buildings entryway will increase its security. Cost is $4,092,258. Middle Park High School Add six classrooms including a science lab; expand the gymnasium; expand the commons/lunchroom area; relocate the office area to the front of the building for purposes of building security and controlled access; and improving the lighting and sound system in the auditorium. Cost is $9,139,195. As part of the total $18.25 million bond package, an additional $1,437,329 has been added to cover project costs. This includes owners representative, testing, issuance of bonds and a contingency fund.Despite its frustrating wait for election results Tuesday night, the school board went ahead with issues related to the 3A bond in anticipation of a favorable election result. One of these issues was approval of a contract with the Neenan Company to provide the design/build services for the three school construction projects. The Neenan Company was the architectural/construction firm that handled the East Grand School Districts facilities construction projects in 2004.The other issue related to the 3A bond was the boards approval of the selection of the owners representative to oversee the school construction projects. The board accepted the recommendation that Todd Ficken, the executive director of F & D International LLC, be given that task.He was the East Grand School Districts owners representative for its 2004 bond and building project.In granting its approval for both the bond contract and owners representative, the board stipulated that they would only go into effect if 3A passed.Directors sworn inWhile the 3A bond election results remained a mystery until well after school board meeting ended, the results of election of the three new directors of the East Grand Board of Education were already determined well in advance of Tuesdays vote.At its September 4 meeting, the school board declared the election for its three new directors canceled. The reason was that only three candidates applied for and turned in qualifying petitions for each of the three districts that were up for election.Because no other candidates had declared by the application deadline, the three candidates were declared elected by a unanimous vote of the current school boards members at that Sept. 4 meeting.At Tuesdays meeting, the newly elected board members were officially sworn in by Judge Mary Hoak of the 14th Judicial District Court. The three new directors of the East Grand Board of Education are: Michael Thompson for District 1. He will be filling the seat held by Mark Bujanovich. Aimee Kroneberger for District 2. She will be filling the seat held by Pete Cross. Melissa Quinn for District 5. She will be filling the seat held by Dick Zieff. Prior to the start of Tuesdays meeting, the district held a reception to thank the three outgoing board members for their years of service to the district.
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