BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A committee looking into the current conditions of Fort Madison school facilities will be engaging a contractor in the coming weeks to look at the cost of addressing district needs at it’s four schools.
The facilities committee is made up of nine members, six school employees and three school board members.
The school district’s marketing committee put out a joint statement on Tuesday indicating the district it still trying to find answers to student accommodations that allow for a more consistent and modern approach to learning.
The facilities committee, which has existed for several years as the district went through several bond referendum attempts, has decided to bring in a third party to conduct specialized facilities assessments at the two elementary schools, the middle school and the high school.
“One of our priorities continues to be finding a solution for our youngest students that places them in a safe and nurturing learning environment,” the marketing committee release indicated.
‘We understand that the community has a rich plethora of ideas on what next steps could look like, and as we move forward we are listening to your concerns and ideas in finding a solution that fits all students K-12 and the community.”
There is no current estimation or projected cost of the assessment. The school district code 705.1 stipulates that bidding would be required for the service if estimates come in at more than $25,000 for the combined work.
There is no timetable on when the assessments will begin but the committee is hoping the assessments help guide future community input.
“Once these findings are made available to the FMSCD, we will work with the community on identifying which options are the most fiscally responsible and best suited to our student’s educational needs,” the release indicated.
The release was uploaded to the district’s website Tuesday morning.