School board has plans for extra cash from low Oaklawn construction costs

School officials plan to use extra cash from low construction costs on the new Oaklawn Elementary School for added perks, such as a solar hot water heating system and furniture for a cyber café.

Taxpayers approved a referendum allowing the district to spend up to $13 million on the new school, and the district hired Miron Construction at a base bid of $9.6 million, leaving several million dollars to spare.

The Oshkosh school board will vote tonight on using the extra cash for $604,000 in modified construction plans and $1.5 million in furnishings for the school.

Some of the additional items that would be purchased include:

  • Thermal fused flush doors
  • A solar hot water heating system
  • Moveable walls between some classrooms
  • Terrazzo flooring
  • Ipad docking stations
  • Cyber café furniture and monitors
  • A climbing wall
  • Appliances, including a washer and dryer

These additions, along with the architectural, engineering and environmental costs, bring the total cost of the project to $12.6 million. Another $375,000 is left as a contingency.

Also during tonight’s meeting:

The school board will vote on a resolution to replace the public forum during the first meeting of the month with a non-televised listening session. The listening session would take place for one-hour prior to the meeting. The resolution only allows the sessions to occur on a trial basis for six months.

The board will vote on a final tax levy of $41.7 million, a 3 percent increase over last year’s levy. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an estimated $884, or $31 more than last year.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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