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Board to Review $11.4M in Proposed Wydown Work

The Clayton Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday to consider more construction packages for the new Wydown Middle School and to review updated nondiscrimination policies, among other items.

The Clayton Board of Education is set to approve millions of dollars in work packages Monday night as part of ongoing , documents posted to the 's website state.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district's main office. A complete agenda and accompanying documents identified in this article may be downloaded from the Clayton school district's website.

The total cost of the packages is expected to be approximately $11.4 million, including roughly $1.1 million in roofing and sheet metal work, roughly $1.6 million in metal studs and drywall work and roughly $3.8 million in work related to electricity, heating and cooling, telecommunications and fire alarms.

That portion of the work is over budget by approximately $579,000, documents state. But in a letter to Chief Financial Officer Mary Jo Gruber of the Clayton school district, project manager Mark Winschel stated that his company, S.M. Wilson, plans to make up for that amount by using a design contingency worth approximately $526,000. It also expects to make up at least $140,000 in additional savings.

"This essentially places the recommended contracts above on budget," Winschel wrote.

Also on Monday, the board is expected to:

  • Discuss the status of construction projects stemming from Proposition S, a $51 million bond issue that voters approved in 2009. The work includes the addition of classrooms and science labs throughout the district, and upgrades to infrastructure and technology.
  • Hear the first reading of rewritten nondiscrimination policies. Among other changes, a general administration statement known as Policy 1300 would include additions such as the following sentences: "Students, employees and others will not be disciplined for speech in circumstances where it is protected by law. The Board also prohibits discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation or gender identity." The changes to that policy and others are intended to "promote the District's commitment to maintain a workplace and environment that is free from discrimination and harassment," an executive summary to the board of education states.
  • Consider whether to approve a bid authorizing Heartland Restoration to perform repairs to brick, stone and concrete at the district's three elementary schools, an athletic field house and the Centene Field bleachers. The project is expected to cost approximately $180,000.
  • Meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss legal issues.

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