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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

ICS chosen to assist new bond, plans for old school


August 23, 2018

The Moose Lake School Board chose ICS as the firm to assist the school district with the bond referendum information and completing the athletic field complex, at the meeting of the board on Monday, Aug. 20.

The board had heard presentations from three firms that could assist with the project at a working meeting on Aug. 13. Jeff Schiltz of ICS has said that they would be construction managers and the owner’s advocate.

Todd Rapp of Rapp Strategies works with ICS to present bond referendums to the public. He had spoken of his extensive experience with bond referendums.

Mike Happ of Moose Lake Development, the entity that owns the old school, spoke to the board about the plans to remodel the old school.

He said the high school portion of the building would be converted into apartments, and the elementary wing would be developed for commercial use.

“We’ve approached commercial businesses about expanding into the elementary wing,” said Happ. “If there are no bites, we will develop that into housing too.”

The big gym and smaller gym would be available for community use.

“We’ve been approached by community groups about using the gyms for their programs,” said Happ. “We want to make those areas available to the community.”

Happ said the vision has been one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the high school portion of the school. However, it is still undecided if three-bedroom apartments are feasible.

“The one-bedroom apartments would be variations of a studio apartment,” he explained. “There is room for 36 units. The ground floor would meet ADA accessibility requirements. Each unit would have its own heat and air conditioning and a washer and dryer.”

Plans had not been completed yet on the lower level. Costs are still being investigated, he said.

Happ explained that no plans had been made for the auditorium.

“It would be nice for the community to use it but that would be difficult when people are living close by,” he said.

Happ said that the rental costs would be kept fair. Work will be completed through the winter.

He was asked about the Nemadji tile on the walls of the hallway in the older portion of the school.

“The architect said that it was really nice,” said Happ. “We aren’t touching that.”

Happ complimented the board and administration on the condition of the building.

“What a nice, well-kept building,” he said.

Jeff Olson, the Transportation Supervisor, met with the board to discuss purchasing another van for transporting students.

He told them that the 2008 Dodge van was being repaired and had been told that it could go another year or two. It had 188,600 miles on it.

A 2012 Honda van had 184,000 miles on it. It is used for specialized transportation to take students to Duluth once or twice a day.

Olson recommended that another Dodge van be purchased, and the board passed a motion to purchase another Dodge van. The cost of a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan was listed at $23,070, he said.

Superintendent Robert Indihar said that it would be purchased within the next month.

The next monthly meeting of the school board was set for Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.


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