• The new Kerr Middle School.

44 million dollar price tag approved for new Kerr

School board members were given a guaranteed maximum price for the new Kerr Middle School at Monday night’s BISD school board meeting.

The building will cost $37,371,407 for the Stantec Architecture contract, $5 million for ‘owner costs’,’ with the total cost coming to $44,967,180. That is approximately $257 per square foot.

The budget given by the school board was $47,240,000 and the guaranteed price given by Stantec came $2.2 million under budget.

There was a concern about the price of steel, given the new tariffs set in motion by the Trump administration, but the pricing was locked down before a tariff could affect pricing.

“That’s good stuff because we were hoping for savings there,” Bret Jimerson, BISD superintendent, said. “We can use the leftover money to plan other projects and enhance them.”

Stantec will be using local contractors to build the school, to the delight of the school board.

“We appreciate that and I know this board is encouraging from day one, if we can use local folks, we want to,” Andy Pickens, school board president, said.

The motion was passed to approve the guaranteed maximum price for Kerr.

Burleson High School is also getting a facelift. The school will gain a collaborative learning space. On the second floor, classrooms will be getting blown out and converted into an open learning area that will have tables and workspaces. Two classrooms will have walls of glass.

“The other thing we are thinking about doing, if the budget allows it, is renovating the first floor,” a Stantec representative said.

The first floor of BHS will feature soft seating arrangements on either side of the stairs, shelving, tables and updated lighting. The bronze elk will also be put on a raised platform.

“The facility advisory committee spent a lot of time going over this and one of the things that came out of that meeting was enhancements to Burleson High School,” Jimerson said. “The committee wanted to bring more collaboration space and 21st century learning aspect to Burleson High School. The school is beautiful, but it was due for an update.”

Jimerson went on to say the committee thought that break-out spaces would allow for collaborative learning and overall enhance the building aesthetics.

“The principal is beside himself with this opportunity,” Jimerson said.

Construction is set to begin during the summer and would be ready for students when the fall term starts.

“We have a lot  of work starting this summer,” Jimerson said. “We’ve already started with Hughes and we have another project starting soon as well. There has been a lot of planning going on.”

A multi-purpose building at BHS is also being planned that will allow sports teams and other groups to utilize a large area that is out of the elements during Texas’ precarious weather.

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