After last spring's successful $205 million referendum, the Brainerd School District has a total of 13 building projects on its docket for the next four years, including a brand new elementary school, a 1,200-seat performing arts center and the demolition of the Lincoln Education Center.
During a board meeting Monday, Feb. 25, the school board looked at a break down for the estimated costs for each project.
Brandon Kellerman, ICS Consulting, said the budget will become more detailed with very specific line items as bids are awarded.
Designs for all school facilities include secure entrances, some of which have already been implemented.
Projects included in the first construction phase are Brainerd High School, Forestview Middle School, Nisswa and Harrison elementary schools, and the new elementary school in Baxter.
Brainerd High School
Cost: $98 million.
The biggest chunk of the budget is set aside for improvements at Brainerd High School's north campus. An $87 million price tag accompanies the projects, which include reconfiguring the building to house all students under one roof, an eight-lane competition swimming pool and the new performing arts center. Construction is estimated at $68.6 million.
The BHS south campus building will be remodeled for $11 million to accommodate transitional programs and programs currently housed at the Lincoln Education Center.
Forestview Middle School
Cost: $1.5 million.
A secure entrance and the reconfiguration of the parent pick-up/drop-off areas are the only changes planned for Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
The center drop-off area will have two access points for a one-way entrance and one-way exit to the two-lane horseshoe configuration. The north side of the building will see an additional parent drop-off area, with the designs roughly quadrupling the area for vehicles to line up.
New elementary school
Cost: $26.2 million.
With the current Baxter Elementary School being transformed into an early childhood facility, a new building is planned for Jasperwood Drive, near Forestview Middle School, in Baxter.
The two-story, five-section building for kindergarten through fourth grade is estimated at $26.2 million and will be able to accommodate up to 625 students.
Each grade will have a learning commons area surrounded by five classrooms, and the building will include a music room and an art/science/technology space built in conjunction with a media center.
Harrison Elementary School
Cost: $19 million.
A new main entrance will welcome students and staff to Harrison Elementary School on Norwood Street on the north side of the building, with the current Oak Street entrance being used primarily as an exit. With plans to add on to the building, designs for the three-story building include a learning commons for each grade level, a new gymnasium, a media center and a bigger cafeteria.
Nisswa Elementary School
Cost: $12 million.
Designs for Nisswa Elementary School include a full-sized gymnasium, a two-story classroom addition, remodeling on the southern end of the building, enlargement of the cafeteria and remodeling of the kitchen and office area.
The board approved schematic designs for all the aforementioned projects and will soon solicit bids. Forestview is expected to be completed during the summer, with the elementary schools slated to open with renovations for the 2020-21 school year, and the high school and performing arts center to be done the following year.
The next phase of projects includes Lowell, Riverside and Garfield elementary schools and the new early childhood center in Baxter. Chris Ziemer, project manager with ICS Consulting, expects schematic designs for those projects to wrap up in May and for work to continue through the summer.
Cost estimates for the rest of the district's projects are as follows:
• Lowell Elementary School: $13 million.
• Riverside Elementary School: $12.8 million.
• Garfield Elementary School: $11 million.
• Early Childhood Center in Baxter: $5 million.
• Washington Educational Services Building: $5 million.
• Brainerd Learning Center: $1 million.
• Lincoln Education Center: $500,000 for demolition. The space will be used for a parking lot.