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The Central Linn Facilities Committee has taken on the task of reviewing the current state of elementary school and high school facilities and in making recommendations to the School Board.

Earlier this year Hill International was hired to perform an in-depth examination of both school locations and to report back to the Facilities Committee. The Committee is composed of Co-Chairmen and Board members George Frasier and Eric Gerber, and members Dr. Kirt Glenn, Kevin McDonald, George Pugh, Patti Robb, John Cavil, Joni Wixon and Kirk Wixon.

On Monday evening, January 6, the committee received the Hill International reports, entided "Property Condition Assessments" for both school locations.

The reports were presented by Bob Collins, with Superintendent Brian Gardner and his assistant, Sue Beaudin, present.

The Elementary School received a score of 49.6 out of a possible 94 points with categories such as foundation/structure, walls, roof, plumbing, electrical system, lighting, fire resistance and safety issues, as some of the 19 categories, and the following stated conclusion: "Current use of space is compatible with intended use but needs remodeling." Cost estimates for the Total Marked Up Construction Cost of $5,959,664 was concluded for the renovation.

The High School received much lower marks. Again with a total point structure of 94 with the same 19 categories, some of which are listed above, the final score was 29. All were rated poor except the foundation/structure which was rated as fair. The cost estimates were, of course, much larger at $14,498,167 total as the Total Marked Up Construction Cost, which is the cost of renovation, not replacement. Replacement cost would be $21,048,000.

Mr. Collins stated that the maintenance of the buildings was great. He stated that mold was not found to be a problem. At the high school the heating boiler was efficient, but the delivery system of heat was not, resulting in a lot of heat loss. He also discussed problems with handicapped accessibility, even though the most recent state reviews had been adequately responded to by District staff. There was one outstanding Fire Marshal's report that had not yet been resolved, which the staff acknowledged. Joni Wixon stated that most of the items had been finished, but some

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Original Publication Date: January 15, 2014

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