The new athletic field house slated for Lewisville High School may or may not include a fire sprinkler retro-fit for the main classroom building, but will cost a total of $4.8 million, according to documents obtained from Lewisville ISD today.
On November 12th, WhosPlayin requested backup information for an item that was to be approved at the November 16th meeting of the LISD Trustees.
We had previously reported that LISD would be approving fire sprinklers for Lewisville High School, based on conversations with Lewisville City staff and our interpretation of the cryptic agenda item "Contract to SHW Group for Mechanical Changes and Upgrades at Lewisville High School."
Prior to the board meeting we contacted Cherry Carter, secretary to the Superintendant of LISD to request clarification on the agenda item and whether it included sprinklers or not, but Carter claimed that the information was secret and for board members only. (The Texas Open Meetings Act does not allow secret documents for this type of agenda item).
District spokeswoman Karen Permetti responded to our request for clarification simply with "please submit an open records request".
According to the documents obtained, which do not mention sprinklers specifically, school board members may not have known whether they were voting on sprinklers for the facility. The document mentions a price of $4.5 million for the total construction cost, with an additional $308,250 for construction management fees to SHW group, which will assume the risk if the project goes over budget.
Since the original estimated cost of the project was $4 million, and the district has been saving money on construction costs due to a depressed construction market, we are left to speculate that the additional $500,000 in construction costs go towards sprinkler installation, HVAC replacements, and possible asbestos remediation.
In an email from Permetti on Friday, she stated "I do know that mechanical improvements include, lighting, HVAC, tiles and sprinkler systems.". What was not clear though was whether she was referring to these specific mechanical improvements, or the meaning of "mechanical improvements" in general.