Spencer school building project estimate set at $5.98 million

The cost estimate has been calculated. The potential tax impact is known. Now all that’s left is for the Spencer Board of Education to make an official decision to take a major school expansion/renovation project to voters in an April 2 referendum.
A price tag of $5.98 million was revealed last week for the proposed project that would construct a cement dome gymnasium on the east side of the school, add new space for the school choral music program, upgrade the existing high school Family and Consumer Education (FACE) classroom, and address safety and security issues throughout the school complex. That total cost could be offset by a yet unknown amount by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant because the cement dome would serve double duty as a community storm shelter. However, the school district will not know until after the referendum if it will get the FEMA money, so the potential local property tax impact is uncertain.
The Board met with its financial consultant on Jan. 9 and also reviewed the latest set of project drawings from rketek.com LLC, the Juneau architectural firm the district has hired. For the first time since it began discussing the dome construction idea late in 2018, the Board last week saw the $5.9 million total cost estimate, which includes $520,000 for the FACE room upgrade, relocation of the softball field to make room for the dome building, construction of a new east-side access road, and related utility upgrades.

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