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Marion Independent approves Facility Assessment
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 14th, 2017

The Marion Independent School District Board of Education on Monday approved an MISD ICAT Phase 1 QLEO-scope and fee Facility Assessment Proposal (in the amount listed on the proposal as $13,000) during a regular 4:30 p.m. meeting. The Board unanimously agreed an outside assessment is necessary before making any final district improvement priority decisions. And the report is scheduled to be complete in four to six weeks, they said.

The original IASB, Estes Construction, ICAT team proposal included an individual and comprehensive look at each of the following three schools: Marion High School, Starry Elementary, and Francis Marion Intermediate. But the board asked Estes Construction Project Executive Pete Perez and BLDD Architects, Samuel Johnson, AI LEED AP, REFP Principal, who spoke during the session, if three additional schools, Longfellow, Emerson, and Vernon Middle School, could also be assessed, but only for functional suitability. They verbally agreed to this at no additional cost.

According to Perez, they have an analysis process in place where collected data is assessed, such as how old the facility is, what grade levels it is used for, and its overall size. He said they work as a team on priorities and are aware of issues such as cost of replacing windows. They offer available solutions in keeping with low- to high-range funding assessments.

Perez said the priorities are listed as 1) urgent-first year, 2) required 1-5 years, 3) recommended 5-10 years, and 4) suggested items. Additionally, Johnson talked about a guide appraisal and how they include the district as they score each building using a reasonable approach, he said.

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