Pella Board to consider Rec Center purchase

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From left to right are Pella School Board members Gregg Gustafson, Gary Coppock, Tim Tripp, Joan Corbin and Annette Smith. (photo from pellaschools.org)

The decision of whether to build a new Early Childhood Center in Pella or renovate the Pella Recreation Center to meet the needs is on Monday’s regular school board agenda.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the PRC is set to go to sheriff’s sale on Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. The building is 35,100 square feet. Estimates prepared for the board, by Neuman-Monson Architects, indicate that it would cost $6,046,939 on the low end, or $8,235,522 on the high end, to renovate the building to meet the district’s needs.

The architects also estimate that constructing a new building (25,000 square feet) would be $8,550,000 on the low end or $10,680,000 on the high end. Figures for the new building are based upon costs for Lincoln Elementary, adjusted and increased for inflation. This issue was discussed at the recent worksession.

In other board action, an agreement with the Varsity Group is expected to be approved. Varsity Group will sell advertising on the new LED display at the stadium and the one inside the gym. The school district will keep 50 percent of the revenue collected.

The board meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the high school conference room at 215 East University. The full agenda can be found here.