Rockford Public School District's 10-year facilities master plan is extensive. So much so they feel the need to hire an outside party to help manage it. The first phase of the facilities plan is moving forward even without the referendum being voted on.
The School District has been searching for a program manager who could bring in outside expertise and help monitor the program's budget and scheduling.
Seven vendors sent in proposals. From there, the selection was narrowed down to two: Ragnor Benson Construction and Ringland-Johnson incorporated
Tonight, the Public School District board members presented their recommendation for the company they believe will be the best provider for program management services, Ragnor Benson. They then voted, and ultimately approved to hire Ragnor Benson to do the job.
Rockford Public School's Chief Operations Officer Todd Schmidt explained some of the criteria the company had to meet. "We need attention to detail, we need somebody who has construction experience, managing multiple projects. If we look at it, we have about 200 million dollars of construction work in the next five years with 50 facilities. We're looking at about 1000 different projects."
Ragnor Benson Construction's fee will be about 1.6 million dollars, 700,000 dollars lower than Ringland Johnson's, the number two company in the running for the position of program manager.