Warren County R-III district hears cost for new school building

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 8/28/23

The Warren County R-III school district in Missouri is preparing a no-tax increase bond that would pay for a new building to replace Daniel Boone Elementary School in Warrenton.

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Warren County R-III district hears cost for new school building


The first phase of the Warren County R-III’s new elementary school would cost about $38.5 million, according to estimates from Hoener and Associates. 

The estimates include a base bid and four alternate bid options. For the district to construct the building and have 25 classrooms, the total cost would be about $38.5 million. The base bid is projected to cost just over $33.5 million. Alternate one is projected to cost more than $3 million and alternate three is projected to cost about $1.9 million. 

The base bid plus those two alternates would give the school 25 classrooms, which is similar to the current size of Warrior Ridge, according to Superintendent Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith. 

“Phase one would be those 25 classrooms and phase two would be the additional 12 classrooms that are on the end of the wings,” Klinginsmith said. “That would come at a later time as growth comes.” 

The base bid includes more than $16.6 million for the building area and more than $4.5 million for the storm shelter. The base bid includes between $1-2 million for each of site utilities, site work for asphalt paving, building pad rock and traffic signal. It also includes site work for walks and curbs and entrance work for less than $1 million each. The base bid estimate also includes more than $2 million in contingency funds and more than $2.8 million in fees and soft costs. 

The estimate also includes separate potential alternates of more than $1.4 million and $2.1 million. 

 “On bid day, we don’t want to be going back to the district and try to find money,” Mark Reuther of Hoener and Associates said. “So what we try to do is use good accurate numbers or the best numbers we had at the time and then plan for the alternates so that you can ease into it. It’s like a shopping list, what, what can we afford? And we’re gonna take the things we can afford within comfort. So we break that up with the alternates.” 

The district will need voter approval to proceed with the project. 

The Warren County R-III Board of Education in July approved using a no tax increase bond issue to build an elementary school on property the district owns north of Interstate 70, pending funding availability. 

If the April 2024 bond issue is approved, the district’s plan is to move Daniel Boone Elementary from its current site to the new building. The current Daniel Boone Elementary building would be used for early childhood. 

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