New District Administrative Office Plan

New District Administration Office to be Funded with Capital Improvement & Bond Funds
Posted on 11/22/2021
Grain Valley Administrative Office

At their workshop on November 4, the School Board previewed concept drawings for a new district administrative office building to replace the existing facility located on the Pink Hill campus.

 

The cost of the new facility is estimated at $5.5 - $6 million and would be paid for with funds designated for capital improvements. The district has been ear-marking capital improvement funds each year for the past several years in anticipation of replacing the district office facility. The completion of the most recent addition to the high school is expected to leave a bond balance of $3 million for capital improvements, which makes this project possible at this time.

 

The consideration of a new district facility comes two years after the district addressed an error in the language on the April 2020 ballot measure, an election that was moved to June 2020, in which the electronic submission of the ballot language included a reference to a “new central office.” The district did not expect the June 2020 bond issue to provide enough money to cover the cost of a new facility after devoting the $14.5 Million in the ballot measure to the fine arts addition at Grain Valley High School. The competitive nature of the sale of the bonds in June 2020 led to a recommendation by our bonding company to issue premium bonds. This, in turn, generated an additional $3 Million with the sale of the remaining bond balance in January 2021.


The performing arts addition is now wrapping up and the final cost is projected just under the projected $14.5 Mil.


The remaining balance from the sale of premium bonds combined with the balance of annual designations of funds to the district capital improvement fund makes the replacement of the district office building possible at this time.


Dr. Snow reflects on the planning of the 2020 bond issue, “Our preference would have been to state with certainty in 2020 that our bond issue would have provided enough money for both the high school addition and a new district office. Calculations made in the fall of 2019 resulted in us pulling the new central office from the plans for the April 2020 bond issue. Being able to generate the additional $3 Million in the sale of bonds in January 2021 from the voter-approved June 2020 ballot measure, the completion of the performing arts addition on budget, and larger than expected transfers to our capital improvement fund the past two years, makes it possible to bring this project back to the School Board for consideration.” 


The current district office facility served as a family residence and family business office before being acquired by the school district in 2004, along with the adjacent land. The district has since added a maintenance facility, Early Childhood Center, and North Middle School to the site, and has purchased an adjacent property for future schools.

 

The basement of the current facility takes on a significant amount of water when it rains and the building needs expensive repairs. The wiring and plumbing are dated, adding costs to any modifications we would make to the building. Any addition to the current building to accommodate growth would not be able to tie directly to the existing building.

 

The new district office will be located on property the district already owns at the intersection of Eagles Parkway and Sni-A-Bar Boulevard, just south of the district’s transportation center, and would be designed to allow for future growth as the district grows.

 

The project will go out for bid in January. Construction could begin by March 2022 and could be completed by late 2022.

 

The existing facility will likely be demolished and the site cleared. A final decision on the fate of that site will be made at a later time.


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