FSD board approves several building and site improvements
Frankenmuth School District sinking fund dollars will be put to work this summer across the district’s campus.
The Frankenmuth School District Board of Education met in special session on Tuesday, May 1, at FHS, to discuss sinking fund bids that were received during the spring for various projects.
FHS Assistant Principal and District Business Manager Phil Martin presented the bids and bid alternatives for paving improvements to FSD parking lots and drives.
Martin and the board discussed bid alternatives from Pyramid Paving & Contracting of Bay City. Martin explained Pyramid could not complete all of the projects during this summer but will honor the prices through the next season, in 2019.
The board approved the Pyramid bid for $781,215 for paving improvements.
Moving to List Elementary School, Martin present bids to replace its gym floor and its bleachers. Last summer, FHS had extensive work done in its gym, including new flooring, bleachers, painting, basketball backboards and the balcony’s multi-purpose turf room.
Board members approved a bid from Kuhn Specialty Flooring of Beverly Hills for $52,200 and a bid from Interkal Spectator Seating Worldwide of Kalamazoo for $22,632 for replacement of the List bleachers.
Kuhn and Interkal crews are familiar with the district as they handled the flooring and bleacher work at the FHS gym in 2017.
Turning to the tennis courts, the board okayed a bid from Goddard Coating of Pontiac for $37,660 for repairs to and replacement of the courts. The bid also includes additional work necessary to repair a large crack in the tennis courts.
Goddard Coatings bid for replacement of the FHS track was also approved, at a cost of $126,500.
Overall, more than $1,020,207 will be spent from the sinking fund for the improvements. The good news for the district is that the sinking fund bids came in lower than expected. Martin pointed out that will allow the district to consider moving up high priority projects, ahead of schedule.
Martin pointed to the FHS gym roof, with the last roof installed in 1996. A smaller portion would be repaired this summer. Martin will seek bids and bring them back for board approval.
Other “wish list” items brought up by Martin include updating the band room at E.F. Rittmueller Middle School, with new flooring and ges” to hold the instruments. Another possible project is completing the List school classroom flooring.
In connection with the paving projects behind FHS, Martin and FHS Athletic Director Kevin Schwedler brought up two other projects for board consideration.
The brick concession stand currently has a stone surface around it. The idea is to add concrete around the concession stand, beginning by the bleachers and extending through the path that visitors use when entering the grounds on the west-side campus. The path would be wide enough to allow for first responder vehicles to travel on.
With more and more press covering football games and track meets, Schwedler would also like to expand the press box in the near future.
In other FSD news, a total of 220 FHS students are participating in spring sports, including baseball, softball, girls’ soccer, boys’ golf, boys’ and girls’ track and field and girls’ tennis. That is across varsity, junior varsity and freshmen sports.
Of that number, 111 are boys and 109 are girls. By the numbers, track and field has 85 total student athletes, followed by 44 in baseball, 37 in soccer, 24 in tennis, 17 in golf and 13 in softball.