Falls City school board calls bond election
by Bain Serna
Mar 06, 2014 | 464 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FALLS CITY – A special meeting of the Falls City Independent School District (FCISD) Board of Trustees was held on Feb. 26, in which the school board approved the calling of a bond election on May 10 for a $39.5 million bond that would be for the purpose of building new academic and athletic facilities.

A week prior to the special meeting at the regular monthly board meeting held on Feb. 19, the FCISD trustees had heard a thorough presentation from the Bond Steering Committee regarding details of facility needs and the bond plans, among other information. The committee had recommended to the board to call for a bond election.

Along with approving the calling of the $39.5 million bond election at the special meeting, trustees also approved of having Huckabee and Associates architectural company begin the design phase of the new facilities.

“That will expedite the building process by about four or five months,” said Superintendent Tylor Chaplin regarding Huckabee beginning the design process. “That way we can save a little bit of money on the amount of inflation and construction cost that may rise over the next few months. That puts us in a timetable that if the bond passes, then we’re able to start the construction process quicker.”

Plans are for new academic facilities to be built on land directly across from the current campus on W. Nelson St., with athletic facilities and fields to be constructed where the current campus now stands.

Groundbreaking for the construction of the new academic facilities will possibly be this October, according to district officials, with completion estimated around January of 2016. Things such as weather could possibly play a factor in the construction process and timetable.

After academic facilities are completed, students and faculty will move over into the new facilities and then construction will begin of the new athletic facilities and fields on where the current campus is. Target date for groundbreaking for construction to begin on the new athletic facilities is estimated for January of 2016, with completion estimated at around the Fall of 2016.

“Those are the goals that we are setting for ourselves,” said Chaplin of the timetable. “I think that they are realistic goals based on being able to move forward with the design phase now.”

The academic facilities are planned to be constructed and completed before the athletic facilities so as to not interfere with the education process of the students and also safety reasons, district officials say. While the construction of the academic facilities is going on, students will not be interrupted at the current campus since the construction is taking place away across the street.

Once the new academic facilities are complete, students will transition to the new facilities and will be away from the construction process of the athletic facilities when they begin.

All of this hinges on whether or not voters approve the $39.5 million bond on May 10.
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