School District selects owner's rep, reviews applications for other services

Other action

• The board moved to accept the 2007 audit report

• The board moved to accept the contract between Moffat County School District and DCS, Inc.

— Sold. That's what Mark Rydberg, Moffat County School District director of finance, said concerning the bonds that will fund a district-wide campus upgrade project.

With its bonds purchased, district officials have begun taking preliminary steps toward upgrading its facilities.

At a special meeting Thursday night, school board officials signed necessary paperwork to certify the mill levy voters passed in November - a $29.5 million bond issue that will fund the construction of a new middle school and facility upgrades throughout the district.

Rydberg worked with RBC Capital Markets to sell the bonds on the district's behalf. The demand for the bond proved to be more than the supply, which worked in the district's favor, he said.

While the bonds went to sale, the district began reviewing applicants to complete the construction of its new middle school and install technology upgrades throughout its schools.

The district recently signed a two-year contract with DCS, Inc., establishing the Westminster firm as its owner's representative, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.

The firm will manage the capital construction project and negotiate the contracts with design and build companies.

Beginning in June, DCS helped the district prepare for the construction of the proposed middle school.

"We've been happy with what they've brought to the table," Bergmann said.

The district will pay the firm $130,000 - about half of the agreed-upon fee - up front. Because their agreement allows either party to terminate the contract with or without cause, the firm requested a portion of its compensation be paid beforehand.

This sum will pay for work completed in the first six months of the contract. DCS expects to complete approximately 60 percent of its contracted work during those months, Bergmann said.

The district continues to review applications for companies that will complete the projects proposed in the bond issue.

Three "outstanding" candidates currently are under examination for the architectural design and construction of the new middle school, Bergmann said.

Neenan Archistruction, the firm that created the preliminary design for the proposed middle school, applied for the position.

The other two candidates, consisting of collaborating construction and architectural companies, also are under consideration.

The district has received qualification for evaluation requests from the three candidates and is in the process of checking their references, Bergmann said.

District officials also are reviewing contracts for two other firms that will install updated technology infrastructures throughout the district.

The district will present the board with suggestions for both capital construction and technology infrastructure candidates at its regular meeting Dec. 20.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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