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Mid-Prairie moving forward on $10.6 million project

By Mary Zielinski | Jul 15, 2014
Mid-Prairie Board of Education President Jim Hussey, right, administers the oath of office to the district’s new business manager/secretary Jeff Swartzendruber who officially assumed his duties July 2.  The July 14 meeting was Swartzendruber’s first for the district.

WELLMAN — Mid-Prairie board members Monday got a good look at how the $1.5 million Home School Assistance Program (HSAP) addition will join the Mid-Prairie Middle School, complete with a near-matching brick exterior.  The addition is part of the $10.6 million districtwide improvement projects that will also see a $150,000 renovated special-needs classroom  and a $150,000 science classroom renovation at the school.  The latter is already under way and will be done before classes resume in late August.
Tandi Dausener, architect with Shive-Hattery, Iowa City, detailed the plan that calls for three regular classrooms, a large resource/work area room and technology lab as well as offices and storage space.  The addition, to serve the HSAP that currently has 290 students, will be on the north side of the school.  The HSAP  brings nearly $800,000 in funds to the district.
Additionally, the middle school will get  new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system and window replacements, a $2.8 million project that includes going geothermal.
In related business, the board approved two resolutions and two certificates for the issuance of the General Obligation bonds that will finance not only the middle school work but also a $2 million new central administrative office/Alternative Learning Center, high school improvements and additions at all three elementary schools.  The report also notes long-range planning and that  11 of 21 priorities likely will be nearly completed by the end of 2015.
In other business, the board:
• received and reviewed the  annual district Maintenance Report and Infrastructure Plan that will see $197,515 worth of repairs, renovations and maintenance work done at all five attendance centers by the end of summer. The largest project is a new $45,070 water tank for Washington Township Elementary School;
• approved a new contract with superintendent Mark Schneider that has a 4 percent raise for a total salary and benefit package of $198,003.  The Keota School District, which shares Schneider’s services, pays 30 percent of the salary; and
• approved six open enrollment requests that will see four students come from Highland and two from Marion school districts.

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