Costs For New Sauk Rapids-Rice Elementary School, Other Improvements Estimated at $49-Million
SAUK RAPIDS -- As student enrollment within the Sauk Rapids-Rice elementary schools continues to climb, the school board is figuring out what their next move will be.
During tonight's (Monday) school board meeting, the board received an update to the facility recommendations the community task force addressed this summer.
Minneapolis-based Architect Rego and Youngquist Inc. presented the board the estimated costs for each of the seven district wide recommendations.
Some of the key numbers presented were $33.8-million for a new K-5 elementary school for 622 students, $5.9-million for expansion at Hillside and Rice Elementary for preschool and early childhood, $7.7-million for new athletic facilities, and $2.3-million for security improvements, and more handicap accessible playgrounds and bathrooms district wide.
Total construction for all recommendations is estimated at about $49.7-million.
However this number could change based on what is decided on Pleasantview Elementary. The board could decide to build a new school at the same location, rather then spending $8-$9 million on maintenance.
No action was taken this evening, however the board will need to make a decision by March if they want to bring a referendum to a vote by May.
The district has grown by 800-900 students within the last six years.