USD 410 discusses need for hiring a construction manager at-risk

Superintendent Clint Corby explained to the board on Monday during their monthly meeting that there may be a need for the district to hire a Construction Manager At-Risk (CMAR) due to all of the recent projects they had going on.

“I’m not sure if they would save us a substantial amount of money, but they would save us a substantial amount of time just having one manage all of the various projects as opposed to me going out, getting a bid for 26 different things, it’s just compiled into one,” said Corby.

He also pointed out that the ability to overlap design and construction phrases will be required to meet the needs of the district which a CMAR will be able to do. They would also be able to handle project phasing or technical complexities which require integration of design and construction.

Corby said one question the district has to ask is if a negotiated construction management award will encourage favoritism or substantially diminish competition for the work. He said the idea is to interview CMARS to level the playing field to make sure there is no favoritism at all.

Board member Jim Paulus asked how that worked with local vendors.

“My fear is if we get someone out of Lawrence or Topeka, they get someone from there that they are used to working with and open up a bid with them rather than a local person. We had someone about five years ago who said they had a local bidder and their local person was someone out of Wichita. If we do have someone local, we want them to be a part of the process,” said Paulus

“Local as relative to Hillsboro,”said Board President Jared Jost

“It will be open to local as long as they are bonded,” said Corby.

The board set a special meeting for 11 a.m. on Jan. 23 as part of the construction manager at-risk process to provide opportunity for public comment on the selection of alternative project delivery method. They will run an ad giving two weeks notice.

The board also discussed appointments for board officers for 2023 and the positions remained the same as the previous year. They are as follows:

MCSEC Representative – Jared Jost

MCSEC Alternate Representative – Sara Wichert

TEEN Representative – Jessey Hiebert

TEEN Alternate Representative – Tim Kaufman

Chief Negotiator – Rod Koons

Assistant Negotiator – Jim Paulus

Professional Development Council Representative – Sara Wichert

KASB Governmental Relations Representative – Jared Jost

USD 410 Technology Committee Representative – Scott Winter

In other business, the board:

  •  approved securing the services of Shultz Squared Architects LLC for the purpose of assisting USD 410 with facility planning and design.

“We’ve worked with them on several projects and it’s always been a good experience,” said Corby.

  •  accepted a proposal from Central National Bank for the maintenance and investment of the

operating and athletic facility/equipment replacement funds for the next three years.

  •  met in executive session. No action was taken.
  •  approved the hire of Jodi Blackburn for HES Preschool Aide.
  •  accepted the resignation of Jane Brewer as HES Preschool Family Advocate
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