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    Future Ready Ralston Bond Update

    On October 12, 2021, Ralston residents made it clear that education matters with the passing of the Future Ready Ralston Bond Initiative. Since that time, District officials have been working hard to move forward on various projects included in the bond issue. This page is dedicated to providing updates to our community on projects associated with Future Ready Ralston. 

  • November 2022 Update
     
    RHS Multi Sport

    Ralston High School Multi-Sport Complex
    Demolition and excavation work has started. A pre-construction meeting was held on the complex with subcontractors for field work, electrical, utilities, and earthwork all being identified. The goal is to have the project mostly completed by the fall of 2023. It will allow the Rams to play softball on campus next fall. The RHS baseball team will play one more year at Orval Smith this spring and should be able to play their spring/summer season of 2024 at the new Multi-Sport Complex.

    Meadows Elementary Interior Renovation: The initial bids for the interior renovations for Meadows Elementary are nearly complete and should be available by the Board of Education meeting on November 14th.  A transportation survey has been distributed to Meadows parents to determine the transportation needs to the Westside Community Center transition site this spring.

    BCDM Architects have developed a fly-through video to visually show how the school will look once the interior renovations are complete. The video shows the secure entrance to the school, main office, cafeteria, library, art room, and an example of a classroom. 

    Click HERE to view the video.

    Wildewood Elementary Interior Renovation
    BCDM Architects and District Administration presented a draft plan for the interior renovation to Wildewood staff to gather input several weeks ago. They recently had a follow-up meeting with the Principal to review the input from the presentation.

    Karen Western Elementary Foundation Repair
    A contractor has been secured for the school’s foundation repair project, which will be underway shortly. The timeline to finish this project is quick and it will be completed in a matter of days once started, depending on the weather conditions. It will also cause little to no interruption to the learning environment.

    Westside Community Center Transition Site
    Administration and school leaders from Meadows, Wildewood, and Blumfield Elementary Schools met and discussed logistics about the temporary transition to the Westside Community Center during their interior renovations. Our District’s Food Service staff have toured the center along with the Douglas County Health Inspector to make sure the kitchen is ready to go for the Meadows transition this spring.
     
     
    August 2022 Update

    This fall, there will be significant movement on several of the Future Ready Ralston Bond Issue projects.

    Mockingbird Elementary
    Weitz Construction has been very busy on the Mockingbird Elementary site. Last week, the company finished the installation of the new school’s geopiers. The Geopier System is a ground improvement method that prestrains and prestresses the soil using soil “replacement” and soil “displacement” technology to strengthen soft soil and loose soil with very dense, stiff, rock columns constructed by heavy equipment crowd force and vertical impact ramming. This process will provide a solid foundation for the new school.

    Ralston High School Multi-Sport Complex
    Plans are complete and the pre-bid walkthrough has taken place for the Ralston High School Multi-Sport Complex. The project will be open for bid very soon, with construction set to start this fall. The goal is to have the project mostly complete by the fall of 2023. It will allow for the Rams to play softball on campus next fall. The RHS baseball team will play one more year at Orval Smith this spring and should be able to play their spring/summer season of 2024 at the new Multi-Sport Complex.

    Additional Projects

    • RPS is working on finalizing the HVAC contract for work to begin at Ralston Middle School and Karen Western Elementary.
    • RPS is soliciting a second bid for foundation repair work at Karen Western Elementary.
    • Interior renovation plans and scope of work are finalized for Meadows Elementary School. Next up will be taking the project out to bid, with construction to start in late spring.

    School Board Action - Retirement of Bonds

    At the Monday, August 22, 2022 Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to execute advanced payment on the District’s QSCB and QCPUF limited bonds. It was a promise made by our Board of Education to the taxpayers of Ralston Public Schools during the Future Ready Ralston Bond Issue campaign.

    The Board of Education is proud to be able to accomplish this for the District’s taxpayers. By retiring this debt early, it provides savings to our citizens by not paying any future interest payments on these limited bonds.

    The Ralston Public Schools Board of Education prides itself on a continued commitment to sound financial policy and practice. The Board carefully monitors the District’s finances in order to most effectively staff buildings and keep facilities and operations functioning efficiently.

    Updated August 22, 2022

     
    June 2022 Update
     
    New Mockingbird Elementary
    Construction of the new Mockingbird Elementary School is about to begin as construction crews from Weitz are on the school property setting up their equipment and construction area. Major excavation, grading, and installation of the new school’s footings will take place this summer.

    Due to the type of work happening this summer, there will be no campus access once construction starts (June) through July and early August before the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Campus access and limited playground space will be available once the school year begins. This will be a two-year construction process, with a completion date of Fall 2024.

    A virtual tour of the new Mockingbird Elementary is available from BCDM Architects, Click HERE to view the virtual tour. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the District Administration Office at 402-331-4700.


    Karen Western Elementary and Ralston Middle School
    The District is close to finalizing the HVAC projects at Karen Western Elementary and Ralston Middle School. Over the next several weeks, the project will go out for bid and those submitted will be reviewed by District Administration. The recommended contract will be presented and awarded at the July 25th Board of Education meeting. Initial work will begin in late fall of 2022, with the bulk of work happening during the summer of 2023.

    Meadows Elementary Interior Renovation
    The District, BCDM Architects, and Weitz Construction are very close to finalizing the building renovation design for Meadows Elementary. When ready, building materials will start to be purchased. The project currently remains on schedule with renovation work set to begin in May 2023.

    Weitz will be on the Meadows campus several weeks before setting up their construction area and prepping the building for renovation. This pre-work will not interfere with the regular school day activities. The projected completion of the Meadows Elementary renovation is August of 2023.


    Technology

    The District Technology team is close to finalizing a base technology package that will be standard for every classroom in the District. The technology package will also include sound amplification technology for every classroom and a new intercom/bell system for each school.

    Ralston High School Multi-Sport Complex
    Ralston Public Schools is close to finishing the development of a community multi-sport complex on the Ralston High School campus. The project will include field space for sports such as baseball, softball, soccer, football, field events for track & field, and cross country.

    The multi-sport complex will include a press box, concession stand, restrooms, batting cages, seating, and lights. Location of the complex will be on the south side of the RHS campus. The multi-sport complex will be utilized by Ralston High School and local community athletic teams and organizations.

    Updated June 17, 2022

  • March 2022 Update

    Construction Manager at Risk - The Weitz Company
    Through a recommendation from an advisory group and approval from the Board of Education, Ralston Public Schools has come to terms with The Weitz Company as the official Construction Manager at Risk for construction of the new Mockingbird Elementary and the interior renovations of Blumfield, Meadows, and Wildewood Elementary Schools. Representatives from Weitz have been meeting weekly with District officials and lead architects from BCDM Architects. They will provide RPS with a higher level of cost control from the very beginning of the construction process. With Weitz being heavily involved with our decision-making and design phase of the project, they can bridge the design and build phases of the project. Weitz will help reduce schedule delays and cost overruns, keeping the project on schedule and staying within the determined budget.

    Construction to Start this Spring
    Bond projects will start with the construction of the new Mockingbird Elementary and the interior renovations of Blumfield, Meadows, and Wildewood Elementary Schools. At Mockingbird Elementary, crews have surveyed the property and collected soil samples. Architectural meetings have taken place to discuss building layout, design, and site plan. We have also met with current Mockingbird staff to gather feedback on the building's initial design.  

    BCDM, Weitz, and RPS are close to finalizing architectural and site plans for the new Mockingbird Elementary. In April, the RPS community will see the construction process start on the Mockingbird campus. This will be a two-year construction process for the new building, with a completion date of April 2024. Demolition of the old Mockingbird Elementary will take place in June of 2024 and will be completed in October.

    Interior Remodels Meadows, Blumfield, and Wildewood Elementary Schools
    BCDM has started to provide RPS with more detailed building designs on the interior remodels of Blumfield, Meadows, and Wildewood Elementary Schools for review. The first school to be remodeled will be Meadows Elementary.  A meeting will soon take place with current Meadows staff to gather feedback on the building's initial design.  BCDM, Weitz, and RPS will then refine and finalize the interior school renovation design.  The Meadows remodel is scheduled to start in May of 2023, with some preliminary site work happening a couple of months before.  All of the major work done should be completed by August of 2023, before the start of the 2023-2024 school year.  There will also be some work still being completed as school is in session, but will not interfere with day-to-day school activities.  

    The same process will take place with Blumfield and Wildewood Elementary Schools.  Interior renovations will start on these elementary schools in May of 2024, with a completion date of August 2024.  The Weitz construction crew will be also on-site a couple of months before and after to prepare for construction and put the finishing touches on each project.  

    With Weitz being able to complete each of these interior renovations over the summer months, the old Mockingbird Elementary school will no longer be an elementary swing site.  Students will be able to continue attending their neighborhood school.

    Lower Interest Rate for Initial Bond Funds
    Through discussions and work with the District Bond Advisor, the Board of Education approved the sale of an initial set of bonds from the recent election. RPS was able to close the sale of an initial $40 million at a 2.29% interest rate. This rate was well below what was projected in our presentations to the community. This will ultimately save the District taxpayer money on half of the bond funds associated with the projects.


    Update March 2, 2022

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