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Board Approves Bid for Prop R Parking Improvements

Jan. 26, 2023

The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education approved a bid to move toward completion of Prop R 2019 construction at Lindbergh High School and began preparing for future facilities improvements at the Jan. 19 regular meeting.

LHS Construction Enters Final Phases

The Board of Education voted 6-0 to award the bid package 5A and 5B for Prop R LHS construction to Byrne & Jones Construction. Bid package 5A includes installation of underground service provider conduits. Bid package 5B includes resurfacing of existing parking lots, addition of new parking lots, changeover of a districtwide server room, and new electrical service for the Lindbergh Early Childhood Education building. 

District Will Use CMAR for Future Bond Construction

Lindbergh Schools will use the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) method to begin planning for major facility improvements that are scheduled to be included in a future no-tax-rate-increase bond issue set for April 2024. The CMAR model was recently made available to public entities in the state of Missouri, and benefits school districts by providing faster construction, and a guaranteed maximum price for a project.

Currently, the district is using the CMAR construction method for the Gifted Center project on the campus of Lindbergh High School. CMAR allows a contractor to be involved early on, prior to construction documents being finalized. This allows value engineering to occur during project design and provides the district with an advocate who will manage the project with the owner’s best interest in mind.

Looking ahead, the district will use the CMAR method of construction for larger priority projects that are being proposed for a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue in April 2024. These include renovation of Truman Middle School, and gym additions on elementary campuses where the gym space is shared with the cafeteria.  The proposed sites for the added gym  include Long, Kennerly and Crestwood.  The next step in this process will be for the Board of Education to select a CMAR, following steps documented in policy FED.

Investigation of Future Bond Issue Begins

The Board of Education also approved a resolution to reimburse district fund balance accounts for capital expenditures related to and incurred prior to voter-approved passage of a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue in April 2024. This will allow the district to seek community input and engage in preliminary discussions with architects and engineers to outline in more detail the scope of future projects. Expenditures are not to exceed $1.5 million, and must be repaid within 18 months of date of passage of the resolution.