NORFOLK - The scope or cost of a proposed capital project hasnt been decided yet, but Norwood-Norfolk Central School Superintendent James M. Cruikshank says there have been questions regarding the districts plans, and he wants to make sure residents know everything they know at this point.
A few of the board (of education) members have received questions from outside entities. There has been some speculation about the tax impact, Mr. Cruikshank said.
He said there have been discussions about the possible scope of the project and what it might cost. But nothing is firm at this point, according to Mr. Cruikshank.
Originally our proposal was for an $8 to $10 million project. That was really just sitting around with a few of our supervisors, board members, administrators and principals and discussing our needs, he said.
Since then, using a building condition survey from 2010, theyve identified other needs that might need to be addressed in a project, he said.
There are many concerns which have been targeted for improvement, but the final scope of this project is yet to be determined. The final list is not complete, Mr. Cruikshank noted.
He said they have started to look at architectural firms and in June narrowed that list down to two potential companies to come in and talk with them about the proposed capital project.
Nine firms had responded to the request for proposal, and board members elected to go with William Taylor Architects and March Associates.
But before they make a decision on an architect, Mr. Cruikshank said they want to consider hiring a construction manager who would help with the architect selection. They had put out a request for proposal from potential construction management firms.
We received a proposal from the RFP on construction management firms. Well look to narrow that list down in the next couple of weeks, Mr. Cruikshank said.
He said theyll be looking for community input when it comes time to decide on the construction management and architectural firms.
The focus of the project would be three areas, according to the superintendent - security and safety of the students, faculty and staff; energy efficiencies and cost-savings; and refurbishment of district assets.
Its an aging building. We have to maintain what we have, he said.
Energy efficiencies could be seen through changes like a conversion to more energy-efficient lighting and a change in the heating system, he said.
Theres a lot of things that we can save money on through a project. Were looking for energy efficiencies, such as switching from one type of heat to another or changing lighting, Mr. Cruikshank said.
Their goal, he said, is to complete the project with little or no impact on the tax rate.
Until we know the final lists of tasks, we cant determine the cost, he said.