School board accepts $5.7 million bid on middle school job

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Joining PCSD Superintendent Clark Wicks, standing, at Wednesday's special school board meeting were, from left, Maintenance Director Matt Hix, Director Casey Badwin, President Kyle Baxter, Vice President Linda Andorf, Director Kenia Alarcon and Secretary and Business Manager Kent Bultman.

The Perry School Board approved a $5.7 million construction contract Wednesday for the Perry Community School District 2021 Middle School Interior Renovations Project at a special board meeting in the Clarion Room of the Security Savings Bank Building.

“It’s a huge day,” said PCSD Superintendent Clark Wicks, “a huge day.”

The contract was awarded to Urbandale-based Ball Team Construction LLC. The school board  originally approved a bid last month from Henkel Construction but later rescinded their decision when the legality of the award was challenged.

The Ball Team’s bid was well below the $10 million borrowing limit for the Perry Middle School renovation project. A month-long asbestos abatement project will precede the extensive renovations in the 62-year-old building.

Ball Team Construction LLC is the same company that made $1.7 million in improvements and upgrades last year at the McCreary Community Building in Perry, including converting the auditorium to a cardio workout room, resurfacing the gymnasium floor, adding a family restroom and child watch room, remodeling the locker rooms, kitchen, restrooms and other changes.

The planned renovations at the Perry Middle School include:

  • Expanded and relocated classrooms
  • Updated furniture, student desks, chairs, cabinetry and fixtures
  • Relocated and updated main office and guidance offices
  • Relocated media center and teachers’ lounge
  • A new STEM lab and computer lab
  • New wiring and electrical
  • Updated projectors
  • Updated commons area and cafeteria
  • All new lighting throughout the building
  • All new ceilings throughout the building
  • Branding throughout the building

In a recent bilingual letter to parents, Perry Middle School Principal Shaun Kruger said the renovations are “expected to be completed by the beginning of next school year, in time for the return of our staff and students,” and “we will do everything we can to make sure Perry Middle School is ready to go this fall.”

The Perry Middle School was built in 1959 under the leadership of Perry School Board President Clarence Powell and Superintendent William Bolt at a cost of $420,000. It originally housed the Perry High School. The current Perry High School was built in 2000 under the leadership of School Board President Gary Huitt and Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski at a cost of $10 million, and the project also included improvements to the elementary and middle schools.

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