The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education approved change orders for the Early Learning Center, the purchase of new software to prevent future ransomware attacks on computers and the purchase of new elementary textbooks Monday.
Early Learning Center change orders
The board passed change orders totaling nearly $70,000 for the Arey Building renovation at the Early Learning Center at its Monday evening meeting.
The changes add new costs to address fire alarm changes, move a transformer 98 feet and replace domestic water service.
The fire alarm system, at a cost of just over $10,000, will be switched to match the same brand and system used throughout the rest of the school district. Having the same system throughout will allow the district to have the parts and ability to do system maintenance in house without the need for additional training.
The second part of the change order will move an electrical transformer to a different location, per recommendations from MidAmerican Energy. At the transformer’s current location, green space at the Early Learning Center would need to be reduced to meet MidAmerican requirements of a paved path to the transformer.
During demolition of parts of the Arey Building, a leak was discovered, leading to the last part of the change order recommended by MidAmerican. Replacing domestic water service will cost nearly $42,000.
A $100,000 contingency was built into the original contract for construction with Jensen Builders. The changes leave a contingency allowance of $30,410.
Superintendent Jesse Ulrich,