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PSB discusses roof bids

By Staff, 06/29/18 9:16 AM

PRESCOTT – Officers were elected at the June meeting of the Prescott School Board.

This was a bit out of the norm as the election of officers has traditionally been done after the September school elections. However, as the school elections were combined with the primary elections, a change was required.

Patricia Blake remains as board president with JoBeth Glass retaining her position as vice president. Ryan Harvey stays on as secretary.

From there it was onto business, with the major topic being bids for a new roof for Prescott High School. Two bids were received, one from Cutler and Co. for $675,000 and the other from Mid Ark Roofing for $453,260.

Instead of taking the low bid, the board questioned the disparity between the two bids as it was more than $200,000. Reed Koger asked why there was such a difference as the bid packet didn’t show any reasons.

Superintendent Robert Poole said he could get Jerry Hollensworth, the architect who drew up the plans, to come to the next meeting and explain. He added the roof will have a warranty and take around three months to complete. Poole pointed out there were discrepancies in the bids for air conditioning the gym as well.

He told the board Mid Ark Roofing has done work for the district before and does a good job. He said the company did the roof on the old gym and at McRae Middle School in the past. The board was informed the state will be paying $249,581, with the district to pick up the remainder, which will be paid from the building fund.

A special meeting has been called for noon Monday to discuss the roofing bids, as the project was tabled during the meeting.

In other business, Poole said the district has collected 95 percent of budgeted tax revenue and, with a bit of luck, could collect more than 100 percent of the budgeted amount. The district, he added, will end the year with a healthy balance to start the 2018-19 school year, but needs to start building the building fund back up.