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.
June 2022 UpdateNew 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 will be available from BCDM Architects to view soon on our website and social media. 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