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|Abingdon School Board Wants Paving Bid Explained
|The Abingdon School Board is looking for an explanation as to why a bid for paving work at the grade school and middle/high school came in so high.
Despite the school district contacting a handful of companies, the only bid received was from Gunther Construction of Galesburg, and it's over $78,000 dollars more than the $380,500 the district has budgeted for the project. Board members Todd Thompson and Jim Bloomberg said during last night's board meeting they were uncomfortable approving the bid because of the high cost. The five board members at the meeting did not okay the bid, but instead they want to meet with representatives from Gunther Construction.
Superintendent Dr. Magie Stuart tells WGIL the board is faced with a tough decision, and more information will be provided during a special meeting Monday morning, when Guenther is expected to answer questions about the construction costs. She says either the board approve the bid now, and wait and watch construction costs possibly go even higher. The special board meeting will be held Monday at 7 a-m. Stuart says the section of pavement that needs to be replaced has been in bad shape for years, and it's something she's wanted to get done since she became the superintendent.
In other business, the board agreed to let bids to replace equipment like stoves and ovens in the kitchens at Hedding Grade School and the middle/junior high school. The district has 141,350 dollars budgeted for the improvements. The money for both the pavement and kitchen projects will come out of health/life/safety funds.
|06 12 08 by Newsroom
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