THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROPOSAL OF EAST GRAND FORKS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #595 (1007)

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
PROJECT PROPOSAL OF EAST GRAND FORKS
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #595

A review and comment must be provided on a school district construction project proposal before the district conducts a referendum, solicits bids, or issues bonds for the project. A project proposal has been submitted for review and comment according to requirements set forth in Minn. Stat. § 123B.71, Subds 9 and 10, and Minn. Stat. § 123B.72. The district provides the following information:
1. The geographic area and population to be served,
a. preschool through grade 12 student enrollment for the past five years, and
b. student enrollment projections for the next five years.
2. A list of existing school facilities
a. by year constructed,
b. their uses, and
c. an assessment ofthe extent to which alternate facilities are available within school district boundaries and in adjacent school districts.
3. A list of specific deficiencies ofthe facility
a. demonstrating the need for a new or renovated facility to be provided,
b. the process used to determine the deficiencies,
c. a list ofthose deficiencies that will and will not be addresses by the proposed projects,
d. a list of specific benefits that the new or renovated facility will provide to students, teachers, and community users served by the facility.
4. A description of the project including:
a. specifications of site and outdoor space acreage,
b. square footage allocations for classrooms, laboratories and support spaces,
c. estimated expenditures for major portions of the project,
d. estimated changes in facility operating costs,
e. dates the project will begin and be completed.
5. A specification of the source of project financing including:
a. applicable statutory citations,
b. the schedules date for a bond issue or school board action,
c. a schedule of payments, including debt service equalization aid, and
d. the effect of a bond issue on local property taxes by property class and valuation.
6. Documentation obligating the school district and contractors to comply with the following items:
a. section 471.345 governing municipal contracts,
b. sustainable design,
c. school facility commissioning under section 123B.72, certifying the plans and designs for heating, ventilating, air conditioning and air filtration for an extensively renovated or new facility meet or exceed current code standards, including ASHRAE air filtration standard 52.1 and
d. ANSI acoustical performance criteria, design requirements and guidelines for schools on maximum background noise levels and reverberation times,
e. State fire code,
f. chapter 326B governing building codes, and
g. consultation with affected government units about the impact of the project on utilities, roads, sewers, sidewalks, retention ponds, school bus and automobile traffic, access to mass transit and safe access for pedestrians and cyclists.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED 
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
East Grand Forks Public Schools is proposing a bond referendum on November 3, 2015 to finance
facility and site improvements at the high school. Proposed projects include: additions, renovations,
deferred maintenance, demolition and a new artificial turf field. The estimated dollar amount of all
projects, including bond issuance costs, is $20,661,242. The projects would be scheduled for completion
in the 2016 – 2017 calendar years. Cost estimates by project type are as follows:

New Construction
o Gymnasium 12,500 Square Feet $1,750,000
o Career Tech 2,500 Square Feet $350,000
o Fitness Area 3,780 Square Feet $378,000
o Lockers $574,000 o Running Track $500,000
o Restrooms / Circulation 9,500 Square Feet $1,435,000
o Administrative Offices / Lobby 8,361 Square Feet $1,463,175
o Performing Arts 13,050 Square Feet $2,414,250
o STEM Classrooms 9,500 Square Feet $1,330,000
$10,194,425

Renovations
o Classrooms 14,900 Square Feet $514,500
o Other Space 17,792 Square Feet $1,103,300
o Lockers $304,080
o Roofing $840,000
o Sprinkler Upgrades $265,149
o HVAC $419,996
o Auditorium Equipment $300,000
$3,747,025

Athletic Upgrades
o Artificial Turf $1,000,000
o Bleachers $200,000 $1,200,000

Site Improvements
o Parking Lots $1,075,000
o Building Demolition $75,000
$1,150,000

Districtwide
o Fees / Permits / FF&E $1,832,107
o Contingency 2,047,389
o Bond Issuance Costs $490,296
$4,369,792

The school board is aware the current high school site is significantly undersized at less than one-half the site size guideline for a school facility ofthis type but wishes to proceed with the proposed building additions. The school board believes they will have sufficient resources to fund the increase in costs associated with the proposed facility expansion and that the proposed projects are in the best interest of the district.
If the bond referendum is successful and bonds are sold, the debt service on the bonds will be eligible for debt service equalization under Minn. Stat. § 123B.53, subd. 3, if the bond schedule is approved. The amount of debt service equalization aid, if any, the district receives is determined annually and is dependent upon property wealth, student population, and other statutory requirements.

REVIEW AND COMMENT STATEMENT
Based upon the department’s analysis of the school district’s required documentation and other pertinent information from sources of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education provides a positive review and comment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE
Persons desiring additional information regarding this proposal should contact the school district superintendent’s office.

Dr. Brenda Cassellius
Commissioner

Dated: August 18, 2015
(September 23, 2015)

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