2011-10-15 / News

Last two contracts awarded for upgrades

By Charles Prince


Former Liberty Union-Thurston School Board member and now State Board of Education member Joe Farmer, third from the left, presents the district’s Excellent rating banner for the 2010-11 school year. From left to right, Superintendent Paul Mathews, board member Judith Cosgray, Farmer, board president Art Brate, district treasurer David Butler and board member Mike Raver. Courtesy photo. Former Liberty Union-Thurston School Board member and now State Board of Education member Joe Farmer, third from the left, presents the district’s Excellent rating banner for the 2010-11 school year. From left to right, Superintendent Paul Mathews, board member Judith Cosgray, Farmer, board president Art Brate, district treasurer David Butler and board member Mike Raver. Courtesy photo. BALTIMORE – Liberty Union-Thurston School Board members awarded the last two contracts Monday night for the district’s facilities improvement project.

Stockmeister Enterprises Inc. of Jackson, Ohio, was awarded a $427,630 contract to provide general trades for the approximately 5,000 sq. ft. metal maintenance building and secure school bus parking area. The award incorporated three of the four alternates including a stairway to the mezzanine level, an electronic gate for the bus parking area, and a steel liner around the building. The district passed on a $10,500 scissors-lift for truck unloading. Command Heating and X-F construction Services, both of Columbus, were awarded a $79,000 contract for plumbing and HVAC and a $129,450 contract for electrical work respectively.

The district continued to get bids below estimates allowing it to accept a $112,311 alternate to the $721,712 bid to demolish the old middle school. The base bid includes repaving the parking lot behind the high school and constructing a parking lot over the former middle school. The alternate will upgrade the parking lots on the south side of Washington Street, including adding drainage, removing the guard rails and repaving the parking areas.

In his report, architect Joe Schappa told board members that asbestos abatement work has begun in the old middle school and he expects the demolition contractor to be on site by Nov. 1. The lot behind the high school will be repaved yet this year. The south side lots might not be done until next spring since the drainage work has to be done first.

Contractors at both the high school and new middle school were taking advantage of the Fair Week break to finish work or fix problems. Schappa said the middle school cafeteria floor is now done and that the gym equipment is installed. He hopes the locker rooms will be finished by the end of the week.

Paving is now complete on the new turn lane on Ohio 158 southbound into the elementary and middle school complex.

A dedication ceremony for the new middle school has been set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. Tours of the new school and district office will be available.

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