With construction slated to begin on the next phase of Smith-Cotton High School at the completion of the football season, Sedalia 200 Board members met Monday night to approve several bids for the project.
In July, the board voted to proceed with the building plans submitted by the firm of Porter, Berendzen and Associates, P.C. for two additions, one is a multipurpose classroom to be added behind the existing gymnasium to be used for freshmen physical education classes.
The second structure will be located behind the media center of the high school and will be completed as needed.
Three new classrooms were completed this summer by district maintenance personal with a remodel of the Harriett Wolfe Media Center.
The board approved a $5 million budget for the building project in May of this year.
The approved lowest qualified bids have come in 9 percent under budget according to Project Manager, Dennis Paul of Septagon Industries.
In Paul’s remarks to the board he stated, weather permitting, both structures will be completed by September 2016.
At the meeting, the board voted to award the following contracts:
• $2,005,000 to GBH Builders, Inc. from Jefferson City for general services on the project.
• $147,450 to Preferred Construction of Smithton for paving work. The work will be completed in the loading dock area and north service wing areas of the existing building. This work will be completed in June, July and August of 2016.
• $871,494 to Robert A. Truener Masonry Co., of Sedalia for base bid work.
• $56,400. to Lankford Enterprises for wood flooring for the multipurpose room.
• $26,935 to Carroll Seating Company of Kansas City for athletic equipment including end mats and volleyball standards.
• $23,384 to Carroll Seating Company for Scoreboards in the multipurpose area.
• $20,773 to Carroll Seating for fixed seating in the multipurpose room.
• $56,600 to Ozark Fire Sprinkler Co. for the fire sprinkler system.
• $297, 500 to Home Heating and Air Conditioning of Sedalia for mechanical HVAC work.
• $202,572 to All Pro Electrical Technology, Inc. of Warrensburg for electrical services.
The Board also voted to allow individual groups such as the booster club, to bid or purchase soft drinks, water and athletic drinks for their functions.
This eliminates the district’s contract requiring a single vendor for such beverages.
“Because of the way the federal and state nutritional guidelines have eliminated the sale of these products during the school day, it seemed to only make sense to let each group seek the most cost-effective products for their needs,” Pollitt said.
Dr. Nancy Scott, assistant superintendent who made the recommendation said the move allows for more choices to the district.
“It allows principals and clubs a variety of choices,” Scott said. “I think the competition for the best price will benefit the district overall.”
In other actions, the discussed several mandated and highly recommended policies for the district.
A new proposed policy, 2115, addresses transgender students.
Policy 2115 states that, “The board of education believes that all students are entitled to a quality education in a safe environment. This belief extends to the growing number of transgender students throughout the United States.”
Transgender students are classified according to the proposal, as those whose self-identify with a gender that is different from their biological sex.
The board is expected to vote on the proposed policies at their Oct. 26 meeting.
The board also recognized two donations to the district:
•A $250 donation from the Central Missouri Community Credit Union employees to Whittier High School for the Life Skills Class and
•A $1,000 donation from Bings Supermarkets for the Creative Foods Class at Whittier High School.
Pollitt reported enrollment is up throughout the district by 114 students.
The board is also expected to have a groundbreaking ceremony for the new construction project. Although details have not been finalized, the tentative date is Oct. 26 prior to the board meeting.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484