First Step In School Bond Spending: Hire Construction Manager

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Construction on area schools, using funds from the $33.8 million bond approved by voters earlier this month, will not begin until after the bond issue date in July 2007.

"We want to sell (the bonds) in July when we are in the new tax year. That begins July 1," said Bobette Sylvester, CPA and assistant superintendent for business services at Payson Unified School District.

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Students at Julia Randall Elementary School regularly walk past sharp, rusted metal.

All proceeds must be used within three years of issuance.

The school board has already taken the first step in the process by requesting proposals for construction manager services.

At the Nov. 27 special meeting, the board approved the development of a committee to review construction manager services responses. They also approved the construction manager job description with one revision. The salary is yet to be determined. The construction manager could either be an individual, who would be a district employee paid by the bond money or, if a firm is hired, that firm would send a construction manager to the district.

"I think that this process will provide the very best product for the taxpayers' money," Sue Myers, PUSD superintendent said. "One of the goals (of the focus on the bond committee) was a 50-year life of anything that was built. The board is very aware and very desirous of a good project."

"The construction manager will help take all of our projects and advise the governing board what building processes best fit our timeline," Sylvester said.

Once that position is filled or firm is chosen, the construction manager will become part of the district team made up of administrators, teachers, stakeholders, contractors and architects.

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