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D-54 board approves construction work

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:19 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – Reconstruction work is set to start at Shabbona Middle School this summer.

The Morris Elementary School District 54 Board voted, 6-0, Monday with member Dave Obrochta absent to award bids to Valor Technologies and Narvick Brothers Construction.

Asbestos abatement work will be done first with the removal of flooring and base trim by Valor Technologies in some of the school’s classrooms.

“Both Valor Technologies and Holian (Industries) bid the work at a total of $46,800, but Valor was able to work within our time frame,” Craig Meadows with StudioGC Architecture told the board.

Meadows said bids are awarded to the lowest bidder, and when two come in at the same price other considerations, such as schedules, are taken into account, especially when the work has to be done during summer vacation.

Narvick Brothers Construction was the low bidder at $44,491 on the remainder of the summer work that needs to be completed, including replacing the floor and the base trim that is being removed as part of the asbestos abatement, as well as moving walls to make underutilized spaces more feasible.

Board member Carol Narvick spoke to the board stating she would be voting on the construction bid instead of abstaining.

“My husband and I are both retired from Narvick Brothers, and don’t receive any monetary gain from it,” she said. “I want to vote because I believe in hiring local people.”

Meadows said the cost for the reconstruction is lower than a typical job of this size because they won’t need to buy material such as drywall to put up. When the school was originally built, it was built with panels separating the classrooms, which makes the building easier to reconfigure.

Superintendent Teri Shaw said the district qualified for a state matching maintenance grant for $50,000, so they’ve decided to replace the carpet with tile to match the future wall and roof project they’ve been saving money for.

“We’re pulling carpet in anticipation of the future project, while we have the matching grant,” Shaw said Tuesday.

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