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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:54

School has $283,000 to spend on desks, chairs for soon-finished academic wing

Daily PressThe Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday agreed to spend as much $283,000 on furniture for the high school’s new academic wing, which is to be completed by the end of the month.

Bids totalling $258,000 for 1,457 pieces of furniture are being analyzed by Bray Architects, the firm that designed the high school improvements, and administrators, who asked the board to add a 10% contingency to the furniture budget.

“The furniture is comfortable, but not so much that students will fall asleep,” Supt. Michael Weber said. 

Designers from Bray selected three options for furniture, then administrators and teachers from the various departments at the school made the selections.

“We also had students try out some of the furniture,” Weber said.

The chairs and desks for students are simple and ergonomic, and cost $85 and $55, respectively.

“The chairs force you into perfect posture,” Principal Eric Burke said.

In the case of the science department, some existing furniture is being used in the new building.

Officials hope to also be able to refurnish the existing Washington Heights building, which houses communications and social studies classrooms on the northeast end of the school, and have yet to select furniture for the new commons, cafeteria and music rooms that will be built in the second phase of the project.

A total of $370,000 was earmarked for high school furniture in the referendum plan, an amount officials knew from the beginning wouldn’t cover the total cost.

“We’re going to go over the $370,000,” Director of Business Services Jim Froemming said. “But it was my understanding the board was OK with using fund balance.”

In addition to the option of using reserve funds, officials hope there may be money remaining in the high school project contingency fund that can be applied to the furniture budget.

The furniture is expected to be delivered in August and installed by the time classes begin on Sept. 1.

Work on the three-story, three-pod academic wing built into the hillside on the west side of the school is wrapping up quickly. 

The addition will be cleaned next week in preparation for community tours beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.

The tower crane that has loomed over the school since work began last year will also be taken down before the end of the month, although its concrete base tucked between two pods will remain in perpetuity.

High school staff members will then have two days, June 1 and 2, to move materials from existing classrooms that will be demolished to the new academic wing.

“We’re hoping people purge before they move,” Froemming said. “There’s a dumpster out front that’s already filling up.”

Once the move is complete, the process of removing asbestos from the part of the school that will be demolished will begin.

Demolition of the central part of the school, which extends from the oldest part of the building immediately west of the auditorium roughly to the gym, is scheduled to begin in mid-July. Crews will work their way from the back to the front of the school.