FARMINGTON — Farmington school board members were looking to the future as they approved selection of a construction manager for the Farmington High School Project and the facility master plan.

The Farmington Municipal Schools Board of Education members approved the selection of Jaynes Corporation as the "Construction Manager At Risk" for the $62.2 million Farmington High project and the 2014-2019 facility master plan.

Jaynes Corporation is also the Construction Manager at Risk for the Hermosa Middle and Northeast Elementary school projects.

The total fees for Jaynes Corporation services is set at a maximum of $3.8 million which includes $1.45 million for the Construction Manager at Risk Fee and $212,000 for pre-construction design services.

As construction manager, Jaynes Corporation will be working with architects Greer Stafford/SJCF Architecture on providing ongoing pricing, design assistance and value added recommendations throughout the design process.

Jaynes Corporation was interviewed by the district along with two other companies for the project; FCI Constructors of New Mexico, LLC, and Flintco, LLC.

School board members also approved the 2014-2019 facility master plan the district produced over a five month period with Greer Stafford/SJCF.

A committee of about 20 people worked on the plan and conducted interviews with staff members across the district to identify facility needs in district buildings, district chief of operations Ted Lasiewicz said.

"It was a matter of pulling out information from all the stake holders and including staff members such as myself and Steve Vollmert, the district's plant operations manager, who know a lot about those areas in the district that might need the most attention." Lasiewicz said.

The facility needs are identified in nine different categories that include adequacy standards, life-health-safety, preventative maintenance and growth.

The Farmington High, Hermosa Middle and Northeast Elementary school projects already in progress top a list of the 2014-2019 Farmington Schools facility master plan priority projects.

Included on the list are implementing safety recommendations from Safe Havens International, the company hired to perform a security assessment for the district, along with heating and air conditioning, roof and playground upgrades at all elementary schools.

Lasiewicz said depending on the outcome of a proposed elementary school study, the district will determine how to approach the increases in elementary student population by expanding current schools or building a new elementary school.

A new elementary school is listed as a possibility. It would be 73,800 square feet and hold an estimated 600 students.

The facility master plan is required by the New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority for matching funding for projects. The state will fund about 59-60 percent of the Farmington district's costs.

The upcoming $35 million bond election for the district on Feb. 4 will be used to fund projects if it is approved by voters.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt.