HUDSON —The Board of Education was expected to vote March 12 on a $4.715 million consulting contract with Hammond Construction, naming the business as the construction manager at risk for the district's facilities program.

Hammond Construction, of Canton, was one of five firms that sent proposals, said Superintendent Phil Herman. Interviews with the firms were Jan. 29 and 30. The construction manager at risk acts as a consultant for the district in design development and construction.

Voters within the Hudson City School District approved an $81.5 million, 4.97-mill bond issue in November. Plans include the construction of a $44 million middle school, set to break ground in fall 2018, as well as renovations to the district’s other buildings. The school will be 176,000 square feet, housing sixth through eighth grade.

In addition to the middle school, construction plans also include the downsizing of Evamere Elementary School, turning the building into a new central office; renovation of McDowell and converting it into a building for the district’s pre-K and kindergarten students; renovation of Ellsworth Hill, including an expansion on the south side of the building, and converting the building for the district’s first- and second-graders; renovation of East Woods and converting the building for the district’s third- through fifth-graders; renovation of the high school’s air conditioning and other utilities, along with the media center. In addition, the maintenance and auto tech facility the district operates through the Six District Educational Compact would be moved to the high school; and renovation of the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium.

Also on March 12, the Board of Education was expected to vote on creating a temporary position of district construction coordinator. Chuck Shilling, the current maintenance facility supervisor, would take on the new position for four to five years.

His salary of $68,490 a year would be paid with funds from the bond issue. According to school officials, the position would be a "'boots on the ground' role during the completion of the facilities project."

School Treasurer Kathryn Sines said bond money can be used for salaries when the administrative duties are directly associated with the construction and renovations of a project, and no other duties are assigned.

"?[Shilling] has been with the district over 30 years and has the background and wealth of knowledge about our facilities and grounds needed for the construction coordinator position," said Sheryl Sheatzley, communications manager for the district. "With Board approval, he will hold this position for the duration of construction and renovation projects, which is for the same four- to five-year timeline.?"

Shilling will work with the district, the architect, construction manager and project subcontractors, according to the letter. The maintenance facility supervisor position would be posted and filled if the school Board approves creating the new position. 

In addition, a Feb. 22 letter from Lisa Hunt, director of human resources, to the Board and Herman also recommends changing the title of business manager to director of business and operations. The title change and pay increase was recommended because the job responsibilities "will significantly increase for the foreseeable future due to the passage of the bond issue and the associated construction and renovation projects," states the letter.

"Not only will the business manager still be responsible for the overall operations of the district, including transportation, nutrition services, benefits and safety/security, the business manager will now also be responsible for overseeing the master facilities plan and associated projects," the letter stated.

If approved, the position would have a starting salary of $103,178.

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