School board approves motion to hire CMAR
During Monday's school board meeting, officials approved a motion to begin the hiring process for a construction manager at risk, or CMAR, which acts as a consultant during the design and construction of buildings. The CMAR will be in charge of t...
During Monday's school board meeting, officials approved a motion to begin the hiring process for a construction manager at risk, or CMAR, which acts as a consultant during the design and construction of buildings.
The CMAR will be in charge of the high school project, whether it be the construction of a new high school or remodeling of the old one, as well as assist with bond services for the elementary and high school.
The request for qualifications will be sent out today. Qualifications will be due Nov. 2. The selection committee will then evaluate each CMAR based on agreed-upon criteria.
"There's this whole gambit of things you look at and score," said Brent Seaks, Dickinson Public School Board president.
As per North Dakota Century Code, the qualification criteria includes experience on any similar project, existing workload and available capacity, key personnel experience on any similar project, safety record, familiarity with the location, fees and expenses and compliance with state and federal law.
Each of the criteria will be scored numerically on a weighted basis, with no item weighted less than 5 percent or more than 20 percent.
Select CMAR candidates who make it through initial screening will be interviewed by the selection committee, made up of a school administration official, licensed contractor, registered architect and registered engineer, on Nov. 15 or 16, depending on the availability of each committee member.
The committee will then submit a recommendation to the board either Nov. 16 or Nov. 19.
"(The recommendation will be) a one-page document that the committee will put together, and they will say 'this is the recommended CMAR based on our scoring and all these other rules that the state puts into place,' " said Superintendent Shon Hocker.
The school board will vote on the committee's recommendation on Nov. 19 and move forward to hire the CMAR.
Community members can attend a forum hosted by Dickinson Public Schools in the high school auditorium as well as take a tour of the building tonight.
Tours begin at 6:15 p.m. and are led by students and faculty of DHS. At 7 p.m., the school board and administration will give a presentation about the issues facing DHS and the possible solutions, followed by a question-and answer-session.