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District 2 facilities audit pinpoints high-priority projects

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 3:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 11:36 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – About 10 months after school board discussions of an abatement raised questions from parents about the state of district buildings and cut programs, the District 2 building and grounds committee will start putting together priority lists.

School District 2 staff members presented the draft results from a facilities audit conducted over the last few months at the building and grounds committee meeting Tuesday.

“I didn’t run across anything just in reading this that was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we totally missed that. We should have...’ or something’s really dangerous or any of those kind of things,” board member Matt Johnson said.

The audit, which started in August, cataloged all building and Health/Life Safety Code violations at the district’s three schools and inputted them into a planning program that can be used to identify critical issues that should be addressed in the near future and compile multiyear plans.

Each entry pinpoints the school where the problem is, the type of problem, how critical it is, the effect it has and an estimated project cost. The district can also add entries and reprioritize items.

The software is a big step up from the system the district previously used, which required the building and grounds director to get cost estimates on each project as they were identified and insert them into a spreadsheet, Superintendent Dan Oest said.

“I’m just excited about this tool because I think it will drive some very good decision making and allocation of dollars to address the facility needs,” he said.

The audit cost the district $58,000, plus another $3,000 for training and setup. The district will also pay $5,000 a year to license the program.

Once the database is finalized, the building and grounds committee will begin working through the database and putting together plans.

Notices for when committee meetings will be are on the district’s website, nippersinkdistrict2.org.

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