Fifth grades stay put for a year in northern attendance area

Current fifth-grade students in the Warren County School District’s northern attendance area will be staying put next year.

At its meeting Monday night, the school district’s board of directors approved allowing current fifth-grade students at Russell and Sugar Grove elementary schools to remain at their respective schools through grade six.

The move is a temporary one. Sixth grade is only reassigned to the elementary schools for the 2013-2014 school year to accommodate planned work to convert Eisenhower Middle/High School into a K-12 facility.

The board also received approval of PlanCon G for the conversion at the meeting.

PlanCon G consists of final project accounting based on actual construction bids. Additionally, project reimbursement eligibility falls under PlanCon G.

The approved plan shows a maximum construction cost based on bids of $5,378,750 for building additions. That results in a total, plus eight percent, of $7,744,804.

Before actual costs exceed the maximum construction costs plus eight percent, the district would be required to hold a hearing on the matter.

Costs of alterations to the existing structure of the school are listed at $18,386,718 based on bids.

Total project costs, including bond issuance, is estimated at $26,386,198, the same amount expected in revenue from the bonds.

The building capacity allowable by law after project completion will be 638 students.