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Crockett ag center to be downsized

An agricultural learning center at David Crockett High School will have to be downsized to be constructed for less than the $150,000 received to build the facility.
The Washington County Board of Education recently sought bids for the project, after receiving a state grant to build the facility at Crockett. However, bids came in much higher than expected for the structure, with the lowest bid being $210,000, officials said.
“This kind of structure is unusual,” said Tony Street, architect. “You don’t see open air livestock structures on school campuses very often.”
Street said adjustments to the blueprints as well as negotiations with the lowest bidder, Landmark Construction, reduced the cost to just less than $137,000.
The biggest adjustment, Street said, was shrinking the length of the building by 75 feet.
“We omitted three bays,” Street said. “And that saved us about $30,000.”
The omission of a fire line and hydrant, which fire marshals deemed unnecessary for the facility, saved another $26,000. Cutting the number of light fixtures in half and changing the type of roof on the building also saved on the cost, Street said.
While some school board members suggested rebidding the project with the changes made, Street’s opinion to go with the offer on the table ultimately prevailed.
“We got about 10 bids for this project,” Street explained. “There was no lack of competition on this bid. I think you’ve got a good price.”
The board unanimously approved the construction of the downsized agricultural learning center with hopes to add on in the future.
FAULTY FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
AT GRAY SCHOOL
The replacement of a faulty fire alarm system at Gray School is expected to cost the county school system anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000.
A professional inspection of the school’s fire alarm system in July revealed instability in the system that, according to officials, has been inconsistent in its operation since the fall of 2009.
After numerous attempts to permanently repair the system following repeated misfires, professionals recommended the fire alarm system, originally installed in 1983, be replaced.
School board members voted unanimously to bid out the new fire alarm system with ballpark estimates of the cost being anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000.
Officials assured the board the students and staff at the school were safe for now with the current system and said plans will be put into place to keep them safe while the systems are being switched out.
RIDGEVIEW FLOOR PROBLEMS
Problems with the floor at Ridgeview School in Gray also could cost the school system some cash, depending on what contractors find when they take up part of that floor in the coming weeks.
According to Street, the mastic – or glue holding down the floor tiles – at the school has been oozing from between tiles in several different areas of the school.
The problem has only increased since it was first discovered shortly after the new school was built in 2008, Street said.
“I’ve seen a little of this, but never to the extent we’re seeing at Ridgeview,” he said. “The floor has been cleaned and waxed a couple of times, but we’re still having the issues. It’s been persistent over the last two years.”
Several flooring companies have examined the flooring, however none have come up with a conclusive explanation for the problem, Street said.
“I feel like we’ve got to do something,” Street noted. “At this point it’s kind of a trial and error thing.”
Based on suggestions to the board of education, school board members voted to approve the removal of one or two four-feet-by-four-feet sections of floor where the problem exists so contractors can determine if something is wrong beneath the flooring.
If everything is fine underneath the floor, the board will be responsible for paying for the sampling project, however if something is determined to be wrong with how the floor was laid, the contractor will be responsible for the cost, Street said.
The motion to approve the removal of test samples to check the floor was passed unanimously, with the sampling expected to begin right away.
BOONE STADIUM REPAIRS
The repair to Daniel Boone High School’s football stadium bleachers will require at least an additional $1,200.
According to Street, several areas of the bleachers were worse off than originally appeared and other areas of steel reinforcement needed additional support to be considered safe. While contractors allotted a $10,000 contingency in the original bidding for such possibilities, the problems exceeded that amount by approximately $1,200.
School board members unanimously approved a change order to pay the additional cost.