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December 4, 2012

Tennis courts among top school facility improvement projects

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MANKATO —

The biggest deferred maintenance ticket item is the $600,000 roof replacement at Franklin, Kolander said.

And then there are the proposals in the packet for “wish list” items, he said.

“There’s no way we can fund all of those projects (at once),” Kolander said.

Instead, the administration has to look at each facility’s needs and determine “what has real merit” and what fits into the budget, as well as make sure to spread the money around the district.

“And principals realize too they might have a wish list that is out of the realm (of possibility),” Kolander said.

Among the projects the School Board is expected to approve at the Dec. 17 meeting are: wall repair and drop ceiling installation in various areas of Franklin ($30,000); security camera upgrades at Lincoln ($16,000); and exterior door replacement at Monroe ($18,000), among various other things.

According to the timeline, project plans and bids will be accepted in January and February; the bids will be acted on by the board in April; and projects will be completed during the summer months of 2013 — meaning Romberg and other area tennis coaches could have new courts to play on by next fall.

Some other folks’ wish list items will just have to wait a while. Dakota Meadows Middle School won’t be getting its $6 million swimming pool just yet. East won’t be getting its $2 million locker room for the community pool. And West won’t be getting its $2.1 million cafeteria and commons area remodel.

There’s always next year. (Or maybe they can write to Santa.)

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