Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:13
School district could tap general fund for $750,000 to help pay for addition
The Cedar Grove-Belgium School Board cleared any lingering doubts about whether a fitness center would be built as an extension of the high school when it approved building plans on Feb. 11.
Following a presentation from Abacus Architects, the Sheboygan company the district contracted with to finalize plans, the board agreed to hire Jos. Schmitt & Sons Construction Co., another Sheboygan company, as the general contractor for the project that could be completed later this year.
Much of the discussion last week centered around making sure the new buildings were up to fire code.
The board decided to create a fire wall between the north end of the existing gym and south end of the new multipurpose area.
That will allow the district to add more buildings in the future — like a new auditorium and eventually a swimming pool — without worrying about fire code issues.
A sprinkler system will also be installed in the addition, which will be built with a red brick exterior, officials decided.
The facilities will be a 108-by-55-foot multipurpose/wrestling room that can also be used by physical education classes, as well as a 106-by-29-foot fitness and weight lifting room to be used by the community.
Two storage units attached to the new multipurpose room will be between 650 and 685 square feet.
Plans also call for renovating the existing locker room to include more lockers, showers and space for meeting rooms and coaches’ offices.
The board approved using up to $750,000 from the general fund and borrowing up to $1 million for the project.
“We looked at the times of the year when we have the lowest cash flow,” Business Manager Kris DeBruine said. “The $750,000 is the maximum amount we would have to put into the project without having to borrow the next year.”
The decision to borrow no more than $1 million means the district won’t have to hold a referendum.
Final plans for the $1.4 million project includes equipment for the fitness area like treadmills and other cardio equipment, Board President Chad Hoopman said.
Project costs are expected to be reduced through the sale of naming rights, which the board continues to solicit, Hoopman said.
A tentative timeline calls for construction to begin in the spring with completion by late next year, pending state approval of the plans.
A NEW FITNESS center will be built immediately north of the high school’s music rooms (right), while a multipurpose room will be constructed north of the current gymnasium. Photo by Sam Arendt