District: Moving costs more than double

It will take $156,000 to change Yaakoos, central office locations

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005

It will cost more than twice the original estimate to switch the locations of Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school and the Juneau School District's central office, district officials say.

The move, originally pegged at $67,000, is now expected to cost $156,000, a sum the Juneau School Board approved on Tuesday.

The district plans to use money left over from other school construction projects and from a major-maintenance fund. The move won't use any instructional money, School Board President Mary Becker said.

"The expense for permitting and architects is more than what we paid in the past," Superintendent Peggy Cowan said. "The cost to move phones is much more than we expected."

The new phone system will combine phone service with the district's computer network. It will cost less to operate than the current system, which also would have cost money to move, Cowan said.

"In the long run, it's a savings," she said.

Yaakoos, which serves about 100 students, was crammed into 4,200 square feet of rented quarters on 12th Street across from the district's central office.

The school's new home, which is 8,600 square feet, will allow it to accommodate 25 or 30 more students. It will house five classrooms, a staff lounge and an office for the district's correspondence program.

Central office administrators will be moved to the former Yaakoos space and to the basement of Harborview Elementary School.

The latest budget for the move includes $50,000 more than first anticipated for construction materials at the former Yaakoos site and at Harborview, and for electrical work at Harborview.

The budget also includes $33,000 in permit fees, city charges for architects and other city staff, and other architect fees, which were not in the original budget.

• Eric Fry can be reached at eric.fry@juneauempire.com.

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