School Board discusses plans for vocational building roof work
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Feb 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County School Assistant Superintendent of Operations Travis Hamby recommended that the board approve a building and grounds (BG-1) proposal for the vocational building project when the Trigg County Board of Education met Thursday night at the school central office.

School documents indicate that the re-roofing of the vocational school building and replacement of the vocational school rooftop units (RTU) with new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units would cost $726,618.

“Basically, this is just you authorizing us to send this into [the] KDE (Kentucky Department of Education),” Hamby said. “They’ll approve it, and then we’ll come back and do the bids.”

The re-roofing project would involve tearing off the existing built-up roof (BUR) and installing new tapered polyiso insulation, a new Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) roof membrane, new flashing, new sheet metal and a new pre-finished metal coping cap, school documents stated.

Replacing the existing RTUs on the vocational building roof with new HVAC units would involve demolition work and the installation of new curbs, new electrical work as required and new exhaust fans, according to the school documents.

Matt Ladd of the school system said they hoped to find a lower price than has been previously estimated due to the economic downturn, but added that with the weather, getting a low price might be difficult, as the construction must take place while school isn’t in session, and a shorter timeframe means a higher price.

The board also unanimously agreed to apply for a Kentucky Hybrid Electric School Bus Grant, wherein the school district would pay the regular price that it would for a conventional 66-passenger bus, and the grant would pay the difference toward the purchase of the hybrid bus.

“It will improve fuel economy, they say we’ll save about 500 gallons a year of fuel,” said Hamby.

The grant covers about $66,000 and the district will have to pay about $77,000, about the cost of a conventional bus, Hamby said, adding that two days of training will be provided by the vendor for the district’s mechanics who work on the school buses.

Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis, who was not present, said earlier that the district “should lead by example and purchase the hybrid bus … I do not see a significant risk on the district with the purchase. It is time to go ‘green.’”

The board also unanimously agreed to accept a bid from Whayne Supply of $103,625 to retrofit 17 of the district’s 44 school buses with exhaust kits in order to reduce emissions. Last year, the school district was awarded $117,550 from the Environmental Protection Agency, said Mark Harris, transportation director for Trigg County Schools.

Harris said all of the expenses from the project, including installation, would be reimbursed from the grant, which was awarded last August. He added that although bid requests were sent to Whayne Supply and International Buses, only Whayne Supply sent back a bid.

In other news, Hamby said that because the school was closed for two days last week on account of snow, the school will be open on March 11 and 12, two days that were set aside as make up days.

With the days missed because of inclement weather, Hamby on Thursday that the last day of school would now be Wednesday, May 26, as opposed to Thursday, May 20. However, with snow scheduled for Sunday, that is still subject to change, he added.

In other business, the board unanimously voted for a membership agreement with the Kentucky Purchasing Cooperative. McGinnis said the West Kentucky Education Cooperative joined the KPC, a partnership with other cooperatives across the state that builds purchasing capacity through collective buying power.

The agreement would give the district more choices in purchasing, said McGinnis who went on to say that KPC bids are “very competitive.”

The board also acknowledged first reading of revised board policy 04.7, which adds information about the capitalization of fixed assets.
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