Winona Area Public Schools has hired Wold Architects and Engineers to oversee the construction and maintenance projects called for in the district’s upcoming facilities referendum.
The school board approved the hire by a 5-1 vote Thursday.
WAPS worked with Wold on the construction of Winona Middle School, which opened in 2000, and the construction of the Kolter Math and Science Center, which opened in 2013. Wold is also advising the district in the lead-up to the referendum Nov. 7.
The district’s facilities plan calls for renovations and expansions to Goodview and W-K elementary schools, as well as renovations to Winona Senior High School. Several district buildings would also receive deferred maintenance work.
Some school board members expressed concern over the cost of hiring Wold, especially given the district’s financial situation.
The firm is charging the district $4.6 million for its services, compared to the $3.9 million that ISG, the other finalist to oversee the project, had planned to charge.
The agreement with Wold is contingent on the passage of the referendum, and the district wouldn’t owe Wold any additional money if the referendum failed.