Excitement turned to disappointment at a special meeting of the Alliance Public Schools Board of Education Friday morning. The Board was hoping to take action to approve a contract with Nemaha Sports to proceed with the track project, however Superintendent Dr. Troy Unzicker reported that Nemaha Sports has not signed the contract. According to Nemaha there are numerous issues with the Construction Manager at risk process. Dr. Unzicker said the School District Attorneys are recommending to keep pushing forward to get a contract signed and look at beginning construction in the spring of 2018. The drawback on that option would mean there would be no financial numbers attached and prices would have to be negotiated in the spring. Dr. Unzicker told the board “We are at a point where we need to make decisions” …..Dr. Unzicker explains today’s action……(click on the arrow to access audio)
As Dr. Unzicker mentioned the Board is fully in favor of making this project happen. Board member Terry Curtiss said he is committed to doing this project. Curtiss said ” we’ve had people out there raising money for us… we’re sitting on $300,000, we owe those people doing the job and getting it done”….”I want to make it clear today, we are going to do the track, we’re going to do it when we can, and we’re going to do it right”….”we owe our kids that”. Dr. Unzicker will continue to move the process toward getting a contract for spring of 2018 with Nemaha or another company and maintaining the post-tension concrete track that was the original recommendation. The Board instructed Dr. Unzicker to also look at other costs involved such as the replacing or resurfacing runways and high jump pads. Dr. Unzicker will consult with the attorneys and will have recommendations for the July 17 Board meeting. In the meantime the Track committee will continue to meet and consider more fundraising ideas….(click on the arrow to access audio).
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