BOONE GROVE — Boone Grove elementary and middle school are up for renovations.
Matt Griffey and Tim Pitts, of EMCOR Group, presented information about a proposed renovation to Boone Grove elementary and middle school at the Porter Township School Board meeting last week.
The company has been tasked with planning the renovation, which will include heating and cooling system upgrades, a cafeteria flooring upgrade, general interior and exterior lighting upgrades, some roofing upgrades, exterior door replacements, and intercom, public address and phone system upgrades.
“We’re getting to end-of-life and beyond on some of these things,” said superintendent Stacey Schmidt. “Our facilities and infrastructure were definitely in need of help. These are things that are needed to be able to continue to use our facilities for the next 20 years.”
Pitts said EMCOR is requesting a letter of intent by next month to expedite equipment orders. The group plans to begin demolishing existing systems “as soon as heating season is over,” with most of the work being done in the summer to be ready for the 2018-2019 school year.
Schmidt said the estimated total for the proposed project is $9,827,861. The board passed a resolution Thursday to approve holding a joint project and preliminary determination hearing for financing Feb. 1.
Schmidt praised EMCOR, as the district worked with the company on the Porter Lakes Elementary School renovation that was completed in 2016.
“I am confident and optimistic it will work out great,” Schmidt said. “EMCOR stands behind every inch of their work. If you hit a bump in the road, they see you through it. They don’t walk away from you.”
In other business, the group re-elected board members to officer positions, including Johanna Williams as board president, Nichole Kovacik as vice president and Natalie Wargo as secretary.
The board also approved the 2018-2019 school calendar, which sees the district returning to a Wednesday start of school day in the fall and retaining the three-day Thanksgiving break initiated this year.