When the Osceola School Board asked voters to fund $10 million in needs for the intermediate, middle and high schools, they identified $17 million in work that needed to be done. Thanks to several of the completed projects coming in under budget, some of those other projects may get tackled.
District Business Manager Lynette Edwards presented a report to the board at the end of August that showed the 2020 cost estimate of projects and the final cost of completed projects. Work totaling $10,006,345; completed work and estimates of remaining work total $7,160,677, coming in under budget by $2,845,688.
“As communicated prior to the referendum, the entire list of facility needs was approximately $17 million,” Edwards said. “We prioritized the first $10 million, which was the referendum amount, and planned to go further down the list with any surplus. We are happy to report that we are well under budget overall and will be completing additional safety/security projects at the Middle School.”
Edwards explains referendum funds can only be used for capital projects at the High School, Middle School and Intermediate school based on the legal language that was on the ballot.
At the high school, where $6,216,960 of work was scheduled, completed work and estimates of remaining work total $3,893,009. Among the projects coming under budget was replacement of the 1996 roof, estimated at $1,511,159 final cost $688,462. Tuckpointing and caulking joints, estimated at $217,580; final cost $121,481.99. Fire alarm replacement, estimated at $511,095; final cost $42,250.
Not all projects at the high school came in under budget. The secured entrance, estimated in 2020 at $110,422; final cost $433,077. Upgrading auditorium lighting, estimated at $108,790; final cost $208,316.
At the middle school, where a total of $1,513,220 of work was authorized, completed work and estimates of remaining work total $1,716,657. Among the projects coming in under budget were, security cameras, estimated at $91,252; final cost $55,929.95. Replacement of network switches, estimated at $47,902; final cost $41,077.
At the middle school, several projects came in over estimates. Tuckpointing, estimated at $169,917; final cost $271,542. Classroom window replacement, estimated at $28,844; final cost $96,480. 1983 student locker replacement, estimated at $111,180; final cost $140,505.
At the pool, where a total of $439,880 of work was authorized, completed work and estimates of remaining work total $346,937. The pool blanket, estimated at $41,955, actually cost $32,531. The 1996 roof is estimated to cost $257,506. Resurfacing of the pool interior, estimated at $52,444; final cost $56,900.
At the intermediate school, where a total of $1,836,285 of work was authorized, completed work and estimates of remaining work total $1,204,075. Among the projects coming in under budget were, carpet in classrooms, estimated at $480,387; final cost $234,793.15. Replacing interior lighting with LED, estimated at $323,650; final cost $180,128.38. Replace PA system, estimated a $55,211; final cost $26,124.56.
At the intermediate school, several projects came in over estimates. Replacing the 2002 chiller, estimated at $271,975 is estimated now to cost $421,380. Caulking and minor brick repairs, estimated at $59,835; final cost $82,788.01