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Lake Shore School Board considering hiring an architectural firm

A couple of architectural firms are being considered by the Lake Shore School Board to conduct building condition surveys for the district as it prepares to meet two deadlines later this year.

“We had a committee interview four architectural firms last Thursday,” said Daniel W. Pacos, assistant superintendent for administration and finance. According to Pacos, a fifth firm was originally scheduled to meet with the district but backed out.

The district is considering hiring one firm to handle the building conditions portion, and the other the technology portion of the survey.

The district has two deadlines set by the state that it must meet. The first is Nov. 15, when it must have a building construction survey submitted to the state. The second to have its five-year capital needs study completed and submitted by Jan. 1.

Pacos told the board he talked with other nearby districts to see which firms they used, and that is how the firms under consideration were chosen.

“We will have a recommendation at our (June 9) meeting,” Pacos said.

School Board member Jennifer Farrell, who was among those who met with architects, said she was impressed with the firms they met.

“It was an array of different styles and different approaches,” Farrell said.

Superintendent James E. Przepasniak, who was also in attendance during the meeting with prospective firms, said he believes the committee has a consensus on which firms it intends to recommend, but will not reveal that until the June 9 meeting.

The superintendent added he was impressed and pleased with the firms that are under consideration.

“We had some very good firms with plenty of information,” Przepasniak said.

Pacos noted one of the reasons the district wants a separate technology study is, in part, to ensure that the district is up to date and prepared for future trends in technology.