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Schools prioritize summer capital projects

High school, middle school to get most improvements

Feb. 12, 2013

A fitness center at Mukwonago High School and added security measures at some Mukwonago Area School District buildings top the list of capital improvement projects expected to be completed this summer.

Projects with the biggest price tag include improvements at MHS budgeted at $538,000, and Park View Middle School with a $139,000 price tag.

Along with the first-floor fitness center at the high school projected at $235,000, additional security improvements at $170,000 and dressing rooms for performances are included in the list of projects.

Sarah Winchowky, who has been part of the Mukwonago Village Players, urged School Board members to include dressing rooms in the list of capital improvement projects to avoid having members of the drama department dressing in the same area, in fire escape hallways or using the custodial bathrooms during performances.

While no definite plans have been made about the location of the dressing rooms, Director of Business Services Darren Clark said a "rough guess" on the cost is between $10,000 and $12,000.

Repainting the north gym walls, a project put on hold awaiting a final decision on the Indian logo, is also on the list of projects. Clark said the district hopes to have an answer about the logo by spring and will then determine how to paint the wall, which currently displays the Indian logo.

After recent school shooting incidents, district officials are also implementing added security features at schools. At Park View, where office staff can't see the main entrance to the building, security improvements include creating a secure entrance at the school with an extra set of doors, adding 16 cameras, three card-access locations and an intercom and door control. Buildings without card access are on the list to receive card access along with remote door control and intercom. Improving lighting in the west parking lot at MHS is also on the list of security upgrades.

Total construction costs are anticipated to cost a little over $1 million. Funds remaining from the 2007 maintenance referendum will cover all except about $170,000 of expected costs for added building security, which will come from the district reserves, according to Clark.

The list of projects received approval from the School Board on Jan. 28 and will be sent out for bids in March. The district should have closer figures on costs for the improvements by the beginning of April, Clark said.

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