HOLCOMB — At its Monday meeting, the Holcomb USD 363 Board of Education reviewed concepts for construction projects in all the district's schools.

Nick Nemechek, an architect with Gibson Mancini Carmichael & Nelson Architects, broke down previously discussed plans for construction projects at the elementary, middle and high schools set to begin over the coming months. The projects are part of a bond issue district voters approved in November by a vote of 286-172, and construction costs have been projected at about $4.1 million.

Nemechek reviewed phase one plans for office and HVAC upgrades and new storm shelters at Holcomb Elementary School, Wiley Elementary School and Holcomb Middle School, as well as security cameras at the elementary schools. Nemechek suggested the board hold a pre-construction meeting on May 23 and begin the projects shortly after Memorial Day.

He detailed phase two plans for Holcomb High School, which include remodeled locker rooms with ADA restrooms, a new office complex including a student media room, and a new wrestling room that would double as a storm shelter. The new office complex would include a significant remodel of the front of the school, including a new security desk that gave receptionists a good line of sight of front sidewalks and entryways, Nemechek said. The high school project also would include HVAC upgrades, he said.

Nemechek said the high school plans were still conceptual and relied on what the budget allowed. He asked the board to consider next steps and said cost cutting options are available if needed.

In other business:

• Sam Mesa, Holcomb’s transportation director, discussed including both security cameras and WiFi routers on new Holcomb school buses. Making buses internet-accessible will allow children to work on homework en route to and from school, Mesa said. Security measures would be put in place to make sure students only use the connection for homework. By installing the hardware during the building process, the district will save money in the long run, said USD 363 Superintendent Jean Rush.

• The board approved agriculture education instructor Marcy VenJohn’s request for $4,222.88 to pay for a water softener, tubing, water hydrant, labor costs and trencher in the district’s greenhouse.

• The board approved DV Douglass’ bid of $18,835 for a re-roofing project at Holcomb High School.


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