JANESVILLE — Remodeling got underway Monday at Janesville Consolidated School to create two new classrooms.

The Board of Education last week approved a $336,146 contract with Kidder Construction of Waterloo for art and weight room renovations.

“Kidder was the low bid,” said Superintendent B.J. Meaney. “We got three bids. They were all within about 10 percent of each other.”

Work is expected to completed by Aug. 15 under the contract.

The classrooms are separate structures on the west side of the school. Once remodeled, the 6,000-square-foot metal building housing the weight room will be partitioned and serve as the Spanish and health classrooms during the day. The 3,000-square-foot art room also will be divided and house the high school business classroom.

Board members chose the renovations over installation of temporary portable classrooms as they deal with space constraints in the face of growing enrollment. District officials twice sought voter approval of a bond issue last year to add classrooms and build a new gymnasium. Both attempts fell short of the 60 percent voting in favor needed for passage.

The project cost, which exceeded the $240,258 estimate, includes three alternates as well as contracting and architect fees.

“After the engineers came through, we realized the cost of lighting, air circulation was going to be a little more than anticipated,” said Meaney, of the alternates. The board also approved a $22,989 contract for cabinetry from Cabinets Galore of Hiawatha.

He noted the “consolidated” weight room will have updated equipment that has already been purchased. “We purchased about $51,000 of weight equipment to supplement some of the things we had.”

Eventually, officials hope to return both renovated spaces fully to their original use. Longer-term options for expanding the school are currently being assessed.

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Waterloo Schools / HCC Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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