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Architects vs. SVE

Published: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 3:24 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 3:38 p.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley Elementary School Board members aren’t too happy with some of the answers they’re getting from the architects for the new school addition.

“I don’t think we’re asking the world of them,” Superintendent Jim Hermes said.

Since the beginning of the school addition discussion, board members had emphasized the importance of a proper traffic study for the new school. They want to make sure there is plenty of flow and space available during drop-off, pick-up and special events.

Board member Jim Scarpaci wanted a drawing from the architects representing what the parking area would look like with 150 cars, which is estimated at how many there are to pick up the children. According to Scarpaci, he was told they are civil engineers and don’t do that type of work. But if the board really wanted it they could find someone, but it would be an extra cost.

Board member and professional engineer Jack Kusek said that is exactly what a civil engineer does, and the parking and traffic study are all part of the standard design process. It shouldn’t be an extra cost.

“We’ve been asking for this since the very beginning,” Kusek said.

The final design is expected to be approved in January and to go out for bids, but the board wants their needs met before it happens. The board will meet on Jan. 16 to discuss the final design plans with the architects and possibly approve them.

If they don’t feel comfortable approving them at that time, then a special meeting will follow the next week.

In other business, the board passed the tax levy, which had an expected nearly 5-cent decrease.

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