2018-07-19 / Local News

Design of Leland project nearly complete

An update of progress of the district’s construction project was given to the Leland Board of Education.

Superintendent Jason Stowe reported to the board Monday night that an architect is close to wrapping up the design phase of the $24.6 million project approved by voters in May.

Stowe has met twice this summer with Matt Slagle, lead architect with TowerPinkster Architects and Engineer of Grand Rapids, and Jack Abate, project manager from Miller- Davis of Kalamazoo, to finalize plans for the project.

“We’re getting close to having all the walls where they’re supposed to be (on paper),” Stowe said. “Nearing the end of the ‘schematic design’ phase.”

Project plans include a two-story elementary school on the east side of the complex; renovations to the school entrance to improve school security; creation of space designated for testing and a new gymnasium east of the one currently in use.

“I should have 3-D renderings and plan on making a presentation at our August board meeting,” Stowe said.

No construction is planned until 2019 between April 1 and June 15.

“At the earliest, it would be during spring break,” Stowe said.

In other, more routine business during the monthly meeting the board:

• Approved upcoming volleyball and cross country overnight trips, which were planned before the onset of the fall sports season.

• Authorized the board president and treasurer to sign checks for the general fund, food service, sinking fund, and the 2018 capital projects fund.

• Authorized Stowe to sign internal checks.

• Designated Chemical Bank, Huntington Bank, and Public Financial Management Inc. as its depositories.

• Designated the Thrun Law Firm as its legal counsel.

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