District 911 approves 2013-14 capital budget for equipment and facilities

The Cambridge-Isanti School Board approved its capital budget for equipment and facilities for the 2013-14 school year during its May 23 board meeting.

Director of Finance & Operations, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, and Building and Grounds Director, Mark Eisenbacher, described the different improvement projects and associated costs that are planned within the school district.

The operating capital facilities budget is set at $964,923.

Eisenbacher noted $296,900 is budgeted for the renovation of the Adult Enrichment Renter (former Cambridge Armory building). During the meeting, the board rejected the bids received for this construction project, with plans to re-bid the project in the fall.

A project involving the water-to-water heat pump replacement at the Cambridge-Isanti High School is budgeted at $100,000.

During the meeting, the board also approved a motion to award the bid for playground attenuation projects at Isanti Primary and Isanti Intermediate to the Bluemels out of Wisconsin in the amount of $448,682.

Eisenbacher noted the majority of the costs with the project is being funded by health and safety dollars. The district has budgeted $40,000 for Isanti Primary and $25,000 for Isanti Intermediate out of its district budget .

Gymnasium floor screen and refinish projects are planned at Cambridge Primary School, Isanti Primary School, Cambridge Intermediate School, Isanti Intermediate School, Cambridge Middle School, Isanti Middle School and Cambridge-Isanti High School.

The district has $223,282 in fixed costs each year for lease agreements. It includes $40,000 on a generator; $80,000 for the Johnson hockey arena; $8,500 for golf course rental; and $50,000 for district wide contingency.

The operating capital equipment budget is set at $502,843.

Vosberg-Torgerson noted district wide technology is set at $60,000. The district will be adding more cameras to busses at a cost of $21,000. District wide replacement computers total $140,000 and textbooks total $65,0000.

The activities portion of the budget is $20,000 and includes equipment for wrestling, football, cheerleading and track and field.

Other more purchases include 42 Apple iPad Minis for Grade 6 Social Studies at Cambridge Middle School for a total of $14,047, and 30 desktop computers for business classes at Cambridge-Isanti High School for $18,780.

Other expenses include the purchase of student desks and chairs, tables, white boards, sound systems and other school supply needs throughout the schools.

In other action the board:

• Heard updates from Human Resources Director Pam Mix and Food Services Director Julie Powers.

• Approved the student handbooks for Cambridge-Isanti Schools.

• Approved the snow make-up day be changed on the traditional calendar from April 19 to June 7, and on the year-round calendar, approved the snow make-up day be changed from April 19 to June 13.

• Approved the last day of school on the traditional calendar from June 7 to June 10, and on the year-round calendar, change the last day of school from June 13 to June 14.

• Approved a request to go out for bids for milk and dairy for the 2013-14 school year.

• Approved a request to go out for bids for regular unleaded gas and diesel fuel for the 2013-14 school year.

• Approved a world language request from Cambridge-Isanti High School to mount an educational tour for the summer of 2013 to Japan.

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