QPS looks at paying for more projects with referendum funds

Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb, left, talks with Building Committee Co-Chair and School Board member Mike Troup prior to Tuesday’s committee meeting. QPS is looking at using remaining funds from the building referendum to cover the cost of several projects. | H-W Photo/Deborah Gertz Husar
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — Quincy Public Schools will look at using remaining funds from the building referendum to cover the cost of several projects ranging from improving drainage at Rooney Elementary School to potentially replacing the high school intercom system.

"We're trying to get prices, and we'll come back to this committee for things to come out of the building fund with money left over after completion," Superintendent Roy Webb told the Building Committee on Tuesday.

QPS has $1,870,528 remaining from the building project based on a referendum project summary dated Dec. 31.

Webb said plans call for upgrading some interactive boards for grades three through five at Rooney along with covering the cost of some items on the health life safety project list for Quincy High School and Baldwin.

The committee agreed to move forward with getting cost estimates to add a French drain at Rooney to resolve concerns with ponding water by the playgrounds.

QPS Maintenance Director and committee member Dane Barnes said the drain is the least intrusive option to deal with the drainage issue. "We'll keep from having to regrade the whole thing and start from scratch," he said.

Eric Barnes with Klingner and Associates estimated the project could cost $10,000 to $15,000.

"This should definitely help collect some of that water table and get it out of there, and it's got to be the least expensive way to resolve the problem," he said. "The next thing would be totally regrade and put in ditches, which is fairly costly."

Replacing the high school intercom system also could be covered by the remaining referendum funds, the district's tort fund or health life safety funds.

"The system may be on its last legs, and it is a safety and security item," Webb said.

Other items

Also Monday, the Building Committee:

Observed a moment of silence for committee member John Heidbreder, who died Jan. 15.

Heidbreder "helped us through a big building project," Committee Co-Chair Mike Troup said. "He was very knowledgeable. He's going to be missed."

Learned some outside work remains to be done this spring at Baldwin and Denman, but "a lot of the inside work has been completed," Webb said. "If it's inside work, a lot is warranty work, not punch list. We're in good shape in both buildings."

Issued a reminder that the next meeting will be Tuesday, April 21 with the shift to quarterly instead of monthly meetings.

With the schedule change, bids to be approved for upcoming health life safety projects will be handled by the full School Board or by calling a special committee meeting. "We don't want to slow that process down," Superintendent Roy Webb said.