BBPS Gives First Look at $ 29.9 Million Bond Project
A unanimous vote by the Broken Bow Public Schools School Board in September put in place a $ 29.9 million bond that would lead to massive upgrades and upgrades at Broken Bow Middle and High School.
The project includes approximately 98,000 square feet of new construction, 46,000 square feet of renovation and demolition of the 1938 middle school building. Specific areas for agriculture, automobiles, metals, lumber and performing arts will be created as well as additional classrooms. Many areas will be renovated and upgraded for more functionality and safety, including the science lab, hall / common area, and gymnasium.
At a press conference on Friday, October 1, BBPS board members Tom Osmond and Pam Holcomb, BBPS Superintendent Darren Tobey and Jacob Sertich of Kearney’s Wilkins Architecture Design Planning spoke to the media about the renovations proposed.
Tobey said there are urgent needs within the school that must be met, including agricultural and vocational facilities, improving science classrooms to properly equip students and teachers, as well as safety risks, improving performing arts facilities, resolving visitor safety issues at school, fire code and accessibility issues for people with disabilities, and systems management mechanical devices that are inefficient and increase annual expenses through ongoing “pan” repairs.
When asked why now, Tobey said the BBPS is unable to offer vocational and technical education (CTE) at the level currently offered in other schools.
Tobey said, “We have a lot of kids interested in CTE and we just don’t have the space for these kids to have the opportunities that kids in other schools have. “
BBPS board chairman Tom Osmond also noted that improvements will need to be made and if the school continues to wait, prices could be even higher in the future. Pam Holcomb also added that the problems and issues the school is currently facing are not just going to go away.
“The costs will continue to increase in the years to come. So if you wait it’s just going to get more expensive. You have a decent funding time right now with pretty low interest rates, ” Osmond said. “The longer you wait, it’s just going to get more expensive and you might not have the capacity to finance it at that good interest rate. “
It was also noted that the current cost to resolve issues regarding code, safety and security issues would be in the range of $ 10 million without the bond. The BBPS board is expected to withdraw a maximum of 14 cents per year from the Special Construction Fund to generate $ 1.3 million, which would take ten years to reach the level required to resolve the issues.
“In addition, we have a lot of momentum in our school. We have a lot of things that are going well. I think our board is in a much better place than it was years ago, our community is in a much better place. I just felt it was the right time to roll it out and I hope we can see some great things in the future ”, said Tobey
According to Tobey, the board focused more on the levy and less on the actual final number of $ 29.9 million. He said the ballot would show a drawdown amount of 16 cents, but once the North Park bond is redeemed in December 2023, it will drop to 11 cents per $ 100 of valuation.
Hausmann Construction has been approved as prime contractor. If the deposit is accepted, construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.
The special election will take place on Tuesday, November 9. The Broken Bow Municipal Building will be the sole election site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters must be registered online by October 22 or in person by October 29.
Additional information on the project is available on BuildBowTogether.com.
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