Fairfield Parents and Community,
In an effort to be transparent with the planning and building process we face with the bond projects, I thought I would share where we are in the process. Our school board requested interest of construction companies to be our Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). There are several required steps due to state statutes; only one company completed every step to be considered. The board then interviewed the only qualified company earlier in January at a special board meeting. On the regularly scheduled meeting in January, the board formally hired Wiens and Company out of Hutchinson to be our partner as the CMAR for our projects.
The excitement continues to grow as we prepare to work on the specifics of each project. As presented by Wiens and Company, we may have to consider possible alterations to our school calendar the next two years to accommodate the building process. This would include adding minutes to each day and shortening the overall days of the year to extend summer break. Buhler Schools utilized this strategy when they were building a few years ago. The board will consider any ideas presented as there are positives and negatives to an idea like this.
There will many meetings with Landmark (Architect firm), Wiens and Company, and our building committee that will have all stakeholders represented. The specs for each room and addition will be considered. Teachers, students, and others will help decide how to make the best use of space and the environment of the new construction.
I will make every effort to include minutes or outlines of the meetings we have with the construction team on our website, under the bond information tabs. As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superintendent, Fairfield School District 310