Parking lot changes, replacing roofs among district’s capital projects
The barriers that prevent traffic to go from the elementary school to the middle and high schools came under fire at last week’s Cedar Grove-Belgium School Board meeting.
A proposal to repair and resurface the driveways and parking lots at a cost of $87,950 prompted several board members to say now is a good time to redesign the parking lots and traffic pattern.
“Is that really the way we want our parking lot to be?” board member Jim Lautenschlaeger asked. “We put up that quote ‘temporary’ barrier, and it doesn’t look good.”
Supt. Steve Shaw said he likes the barrier because it prevents high-school students from taking a short cut and driving too fast past the elementary and middle schools.
Mostly staff members and school buses use the elementary school driveway off Union Street. Most parents use the middle-school driveway to drop off their children.
Visitors and people attending athletic and other events are often confused by the blocked-off the drive, board members said.
Board member Todd Bucher said there is a lot of wasted space in the wide one-way driveway by the middle school. He suggested angle parking be developed there.
It was also suggested the barrier be made more permanent and attractive, perhaps creating a wide grassy area.
Shaw will ask Abacus Architects, who designed the middle-school renovation, to develop several options for improving parking and traffic flow.
Shaw recommended the board replace all the roofs that are in poor condition this year rather than stick to the current roof replacement schedule.
“I really want to get all those roofs taken care of because they’re really in bad shape,” he said.
After examining the roofs, David Velcheck of Velcheck & Finger Roof Consulting of Pewaukee said the worst-case scenario would be $345,000 if complete tear-offs are needed.
The board approved hiring Velchek for $3,500 to develop specifications for bidding the project and to pay him $95 per hour to oversee the project.
Business Manager Kristen De Bruine said the school district can borrow up to $1 million without going to a referendum.
It was suggested the roofs and redesign of the parking and traffic pattern be part of a borrowing project.
The board also briefly discussed building an addition to the high school for a fitness room, wrestling room and locker room estimated to cost between $370,000 and $746,000, depending on how many rooms are built.
The board approved replacing the downspouts and sidewalks at the front entrance to the high school. The project is expected to cost $8,000 and save a lot of bruised knees and egos.
“People have been falling and stumbling and Joseph Schmitt (the construction firm that built the technical education and art additions to the high school) will do it for cost,” Supt. Steve Shaw said.
The board discussed refinishing the high-school gym floor, but decided to wait until budget figures are known. Shaw said this is a good time to explore the possibility of selling naming rights to offset the $25,500 cost.
Bucher, who made the motion to refinish the floor, saying the young basketball players he coaches are constantly slipping and falling in the gym, agreed naming rights and other options should be explored.
The board approved removing the north bleachers in the high-school gym to make room for two retractable basketball hoops. The Rocket Basketball Club wants to install the hoops on the north wall for practices. said Josh Ketterhagen, boys’ junior varsity basketball coach.
The bleachers are rarely used and in the way during gym classes and volleyball and basketball games, he said.