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Middle School Construction Project

June 8, 2017

RBC presented an update on Debt Profile and Proposed Middle School Borrowing at the June 8 School Board Work Session.  Click here to review the presentation.

The School Board voted on the Construction Project Representative during the June 8 School Board Work Session.   Jay Darkey, of JPD Architects, LLC was selected as the Construction Project Representative for the Middle School Project.

May 17, 2017

There were two (2) Construction Project Representative Presentations for the Middle School Project held before and after the School Board Work Session on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Hiring of the construction project representative will be an agenda item for a vote in June.

May 1, 2017

There will be Construction Project Representative Presentations for the Middle School Project before and after the School Board Work Session at
the District Office on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

The first presentation will be from 6:15–6:45 p.m. (before the Work Session) and a second presentation of approximately 30 minutes will
immediately follow the Work Session. Hiring of the construction project representative will be an agenda item on the voting School Board Meeting Agenda for May 18, 2017.

April 12, 2017

During the School Board of Directors April Work Session, the School Board voted and approved Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates as the architectural design firm for the Middle School Project.

During a public meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017, three (3) architectural firms presented their proposals for design services for the Middle School Project.  Based on these presentations and the design services proposals, the district selection committee recommended an architectural firm to the School Board, at the April Work Session, to award a contract for design services for the Middle School Project.  After thoughtful, careful consideration, and open discussion during the Work Session, the School Board voted 7-1 to award Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates a contract for the Middle School Project.

One Board Member was not in attendance for the Work Session.

March 30, 2017

MTSD held a public meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the District Office for architectural firms to present their proposals for design services for the Middle School Project.  Three architectural firms presented to school board members, the MTSD facilities committee, and community members who attended the meeting.  Based on these presentations, the School Board will vote and award a contract for the architectural/design services for the Middle School Project at the April 13th School Board Work Session.

 

February 23, 2017

At a special voting public School Board Meeting on February 23rd, Manheim Township School Board of Directors continued public discussion on the future of the Middle School, and voted on Option 8, a new 2-story Middle School on the west property line.   The vote was 7-2.

Option 8, at an estimated total project cost of $63-68 million, is a 2-story Middle School on the west property line.  Benefits to this option include a minimize disruption to the educational programming during the construction phrase and no temporary trailers would be required for classroom space.  Upon completion of project, the seventh and eighth grade students would move into the new school and the existing Middle School would be demolished.  All presentations are posted on the home page of the district’s website.

Next steps in the process is for the district to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Design and Construction Project Representation.

February 16, 2017

At the School Board Meeting on February 16, Manheim Township School Board of Directors continued public discussions regarding the planning  for the future of the Middle School.

During the public Work Session on February 9th, School Board members openly discussed and ranked each option as “viable”, “somewhat viable”, and “not viable”.  The public dialogue format provided each Board Member’s perspective and why he/she offered the ratings for viability/non-viability.

Based on this discussion, the most viable option for the Board to consider and vote at a special School Board Meeting on February 23rd are:

  • Option 8: New 2-story Middle School on west property line

The School Board will vote on option 8 (new 2-story Middle School on west property line) at the special voting meeting on February 23rd, 7:00 pm, in the Middle School auditorium.

In addition, RBC Capital Markets presented on the district’s debt profile and capital project financing review.   In the presentation, RBC presented additional slides to clearly show the tax impact per year. The presentation is posted below.

February 9, 2017

Feb16 Mtg_InfographicAt the School Board Work Session, Manheim Township School Board of Directors publicly discussed the nine options for the future of the Middle School that was presented to them at a public meeting on February 2.

During the public Work Session on February 9, the School Board members openly discussed and ranked each option as “viable”, “somewhat viable”, and “not viable”.  The public dialogue format provided each Board Member’s perspective and why he/she offered the ratings for viability/non-viability.

Based on this discussion, the most viable options for the Board to consider and  vote at a special School Board Meeting on February 23rd  are:

  • Option 4: 3-story Middle School addition onto the High School
  • Option 6: New 3-story Middle School on north athletic field
  • Option 8: New 2-story Middle School on west property line
  • Option 9: New 3-story Middle School on west property line

Immediately following the Board Work Session, MTSD offered a public Question and Answer session with Ken Philips, financial advisor with RBC Capital Markets, and the RVB Engineers to provide the community the opportunity to ask questions about debt refinancing and other finance- related questions pertaining to the middle school.   Below is the presentation by Ken Philips presented to the Board during the Work Session.

 

February 2, 2017

Manheim Township School District held a public meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017  in the Manheim Township Middle School auditorium to discuss the future of the Manheim Township Middle School.

At the public meeting, Remington, Vernick & Beach Engineers reviewed their recent facility audit for the district, and based on their research, representatives presented the different options proposed to address the future of the Middle School.

As an informational presentation, the engineers discussed the Middle School building infrastructure, mechanical systems in need of improvement and/or replacement, and the curricular program deficiencies.  In an attempt to show due diligence at the request of the district, the engineers presented nine (9) different options, with total construction cost estimations, for the School Board to consider when addressing the future direction of the Manheim Township Middle School.

    1. Renovate the existing middle school only, with no program modifications – estimated $42-45 million
    2. Renovations and additions to Middle School with program modifications – estimated $54-59 million
    3. Convert Landis Run Intermediate School to a 7-8 Middle School
      and renovate existing Middle School for grades 5-6 – estimated $52-57 million
    4. 3-story Middle School addition onto the High School – estimated $64-69 million
    5. 4-story Middle School addition onto the High School – estimated $67-72 million
    6. New 3-story Middle School on north athletic field – estimated $63-68 million
    7. New 4-story Middle School on north athletic field – estimated $64-69 million
    8. New 2-story Middle School on west property line – estimated $63-68 million
    9. New 3-story Middle School on west property line – estimated $64-69 million


 

During the month of February, Manheim Township School District hosted community public tours and public meetings at the Middle School on the following dates:

Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm - Public Tour (before the Board Work Session at the Middle School)

Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 7:00 pm – School Board Work Session, MS auditorium

Saturday, February 11, 2017  from 10:00 am-12:00 pm – Public Tour at Middle School

Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm – Public Tour at Middle School

Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm – Public Tour (before the Board Meeting at the Middle School)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 7:00 pm – School Board Meeting, MS Auditorium

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Special School Board Meeting to vote on Middle School Project, MS Auditorium 

May 2016

In May of 2016,  district hosted a community meeting to present a district-wide facility presentation. After soliciting advice from focus groups across the district (which included staff, parents and students from each school), the District-wide Facility Team worked jointly with Remington, Vernick and Beach Engineers to develop a ten-year plan to meet the district’s facilities needs.

Click here to review the information that was presented at the meeting.