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Construction to start on Ignacio High School in March
2/24/2014 By: Carole McWilliams
Bayfield girls win playoff game! It was Bayfield 19 to Monte Vista's 21 at the halftime, then 24-31 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth, however, Monte Vista went on a foul frenzy, giving the Wolverines plenty of opportunities for freethrows. The score crept up to 36-36, then Bayfield scored two more! High scorers included Jesse Roukema with 9, Jaida Ross with 12, and Haley Clark. The Wolverines now face Pagosa Springs on Friday in the IML Tourney. Good luck, girls!
Pine River Youth Baseball is holding Little League Registration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine River Library in Bayfield. More information and the signup form is at www.pineriveryouthbaseball.com
Future graduates of Ignacio High School, including Lucas, Jeremy and Audrey Roderick and Krysten Neil, helped break the ground earlier this month at Ignacio High School, which will be renovated and expanded at its current location.
Work starting at new IHS
By Carole McWilliams
Times senior staff writer
The Ignacio School Board reviewed the mostly finished site plan for the reconstructed high school on Feb. 13 and discussed cost concerns about some of the contract add-on items, especially the baseball field.
Asbestos abatement is ahead of schedule, architect Brian Calhoun reported. �It sounds like all the abatement work is done at the junior high and should be done at the high school in about three weeks, well ahead of the April deadline,� he said.
Actual construction should start around March 17 and continue until July 2015, he said. That includes demolition of the old part of the junior high, except for the gym and locker roms.
Students will still be able to use the IHS gym until March 17, and the football field and track until April 30. The football field and track are supposed to be ready for use by mid-August this year. Athletes will use the old junior high locker rooms through April 30 and for football season, Calhoun said.
The IHS gym will get new lighting, sound system, and mechanical system. It will be available for use from Nov. 15 this year to March 15, 2015, according to the current schedule.
Calhoun listed add-alternate items recommended for inclusion � renovations to the vo-tech building, a new greenhouse, solar lighting tubes in the classrooms but not other areas, and new plumbing fixtures in existing bathrooms that will stay in place, also the junior high locker rooms.
He advised said both the sod and artificial turf options for the softball field came in over budget.
The sod option with irrigation came in at $582,000, while the artificial turf version came in at $744,000.
Board member Troy Webb asked if there was any way to get the turf field for less than $700,000.
�We�d have to change the scope,� Calhoun said. �This was a hard bid.�
Board president Toby Roderick wanted a breakdown of all the ball field costs. �That way, maybe we can modify the scope,� he said.
Webb said, �At the end of the day, I want the field. Kids don�t like playing home games off-site.�
Calhoun asked, �Is this an amenity that you would be willing to give up other things for, such as the vo-tech building?�
Board member Agnes Sanchez wondered if there is enough money to do the field.
�That�s something we have to sit down and really look at,� Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto said. �I won�t eliminate a classroom to build a baseball field. The vo-tech needs to be done. That�s why we accepted that alternate.�
Board members tended to favor artificial turf for the baseball field, but Roderick said, �We have to find the $500,000 first, then the $200,000.�
Calhoun said the greenhouse was bid at $86,000 and the vo-tech renovations at $575,000.
Roderick said, �The directive is we want a baseball field.�
Calhoun showed the campus site plan. The goal is to create a unified campus with an outdoor courtyard serving as the heart of the school, he said. The new cafeteria-commons will have a window wall looking out on the courtyard.
The school�s main entrance will be just north of the courtyard. A landscaped commons will go north from the entry to a plaza on the east side of the old junior high gym.
The performing arts auditorium will have stadium type seats in the front half near the stage, and retractable bleachers with individual seats in back.
Several places in the building will have wall sections embellished with bright colored abstract images that are actually parts of photos of Southern Ute powwow dancers, Calhoun said.
�A lot of thought and work has gone into the high school,� Fuschetto said.
He said he met with architects, and representatives for the general contractor FCI for about four hours that day to go over high school line items. They managed to find around $190,000 in cost reductions, he said.
Fuschetto also reported on post-completion issues at the new elementary school, namely roof leaks.
The school opening was delayed for a month because of damage from a roof leak in late November. Students in grades K-5 moved in on Feb. 4. A couple of white plastic buckets sat in the middle of the hallway leading to the new K-2 classroom wing that day.
The IES general contractor was supposed to work on leak repairs over the Presidents Day weekend, Fuschetto said. �They want a letter of substantial completion. I won�t do that until the leaks are fixed. There are some things they are trying to claim against us. I said �No way. That�s on your dime.��
There�s an extensive punch list of things to be done at the elementary school, he said. �Overall the school is very well built, but� �
Both the new middle school, built by FCI, and the elementary school use solar lighting tubes. None of the ones at the middle school leak, while 24 at the elementary school do, Fuschetto said.
�One of the things we said from Day 1 is no flat roofs and no leaks,� he said. �I have the most confidence in FCI. The experience with them is completely different from the other contractor. I�m glad the board chose FCI� for the high school.
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