Facilities Use Report – Results of Sub-Committee Meetings and Discussions
1. Both schools considered to be in decent shape.
2. Few major problems that school boards haven’t been made aware of.
3. Most of the CTS report was dismissed or considered too critical.
4.Life Safety reports indicate that none of the schools were “in compliance” at the time of the report.
a. Seems as though every report finds something requiring repair/changed.
b. Recommend better internal review of repeated citations prior to inspection.
i. Damage to exit/emergency lights.
ii. Missing fire alarm signals.
iii. Excess drop cords used in classrooms.
iv. Locked chemicals in chemistry labs.
c. Items shown on reports that prevent “in compliance” are not deemed critical to prevent consolidating districts. Easily fixed and Superintendants state that these citations have been corrected.
d. Refer decision to C10 on whether “in compliance” is required.
5. Large expenses are not reasonable for the return on investment if the consolidation is expected to last 6 to 10 years before a new school is built. Facility sub-committee recommends:
a. Leave boilers as is – good enough condition to keep.
b. Repair roofs instead of replacement.
c. First restrict usage of electricity in classrooms. Sub-committee questions whether these appliances are needed at all. Add outlets where electricity is required to avoid drop cords.
i. Jamaica school regularly cited for this and Catlin in a few cases.
ii. Possibly install power strips rated for the current rather than cheap drop cords.
d. Request bids to remove/upgrade electrical systems in wet areas needing GFCI circuits.
e. Request bids to upgrade Catlin school’s bathrooms to meet ADA.
f. Request bids to update science labs in all schools.
g. Request bids to remove asbestos/transite over a 5 year period so costs can be kept small and avoid a large on time cost when/if new school is built.
h. Improve athletic locker rooms. Seek booster/parent/fundraising dollars.
i. Request bids to improve intercom, security, and warning systems.
i. All schools appear to fail on this category and this is the most necessary safety feature for life/safety.
6. If new school is not planned for in 5 years, recommend the school board at that time request bids to install an elevator at Catlin HS on east side of building just north of the steps and also adjoin a corridor that connects the HS and gym. This will require that drive is blocked.
7. Comparison of which is HS and which is JH, and unneeded space.
a. Both Catlin HS and Jamaica can facilitate either the consolidated HS or JH.
i. Each have enough capacity.
ii. Each have enough classrooms.
iii. Each have enough cafeteria seating and serving capacity.
iv. Each have enough parking spaces.
v. There are enough lockers between the two schools that can be installed in either location that this is not a factor.
vi. Catlin HS science lab needs more work than Jamaica.
vii. Jamaica has AG Shop already on site.
b. Consider closing Catlin administrative office and locate office in Jamaica school.
Unrelated to facilities, but discussed in our meetings.
8. Travelling Considerations
a. Fewer kids travelling if HS is in Catlin and JH is in Jamaica.
b. Jamaica HS kids that drive are already driving to school.
c. How long is the average Jamaica JH kid going to ride the bus to Catlin vs. Jamaica due to various routes and stops over the larger geographic district?
d. Catlin has few bus routes and often of short duration.
e. Proximity of K-6 kids and JH is reasonable at Jamaica.
f. Kids travelling to DACC will be closer if HS is in Catlin.