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Energy upgrades approved for Lincoln, Discovery

The District 206 School Board had some serious approving to do March 21 - to the tune of more than $5 million. At the board's monthly meeting, members approved the bids for mechanical and electrical upgrades at Lincoln Elementary School (LES) and...

The District 206 School Board had some serious approving to do March 21 - to the tune of more than $5 million.

At the board's monthly meeting, members approved the bids for mechanical and electrical upgrades at Lincoln Elementary School (LES) and Discovery Middle School in Alexandria.

A representative from RA Morton, the construction manager for the project, provided a summary of the bids received on March 10 for the energy improvements to be completed this summer at both schools.

RA Morton contacted 191 contractors for the comprehensive and competitive bid process, 65 of which were located within a 30-mile radius of Alexandria. Of those, 166 were interested in the project. Seventy-four contractors submitted bids, with 20 of those in the 30-mile radius.

With the exception of three contractors, the lowest bids were accepted. A recommendation was made to reject the bids in two categories (landscaping and fences and gates) and to re-open the bid process within the next 30 days.

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The total cost for the extensive upgrades came in at $5,761,800. The board approved all bids and rejected the bid categories that will be reworked.

  • Also approved by the board was the recommendation to call for bids to replace 16,400 square feet of roof on LES. This is the third phase of the roof replacement project - one-third was replaced two years ago and another one-third last year.

The project is expected to cost $125,000. When complete, the new roof will be under warranty for 20 years.

  • The board approved the recommendation to call for bids for phases two and three of asbestos abatement at LES.

The first phase was completed during spring break. Phase two and three will need to be completed during the first two weeks of summer vacation, and will bump the cost to about $140,000.

  • With insurance costs a considerable expense for the district, the board also approved calling for bids for property and liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance.
  • The board approved the lease of four new school buses as per the multi-year bus replacement plan that was approved in April 2010.

Three 70-passenger buses valued at $102,414 each, and one 82-passenger bus valued at $104,606, will be leased through the state contract for the first three years and will be used for special education purposes only. At the end of the three years, the district can buy out each bus for $25,000 and add them to its fleet.
In other discussion, Superintendent Terry Quist informed the board that he had been approached by the city to establish a joint meeting between the city, county and school board in the near future.

"I would hope that the date would be in mid May or later because everyone is going to be wringing their hands with the Legislature," board member Al Zeithamer suggested of the timing of the meeting. "We should wait until we can digest and understand how the Legislature's actions will impact us."

The other board members concurred. After contemplating several options regarding who would attend the proposed meeting, Quist was authorized to establish an agenda ahead of time to determine whether the entire board would attend or a representative group.

Before the meeting adjourned, the board set up a special work session to be held on May 20.

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