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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Board to discuss roofing

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  • The Neosho R-5 Board of Education is expected to award a bid for a new roof on the east building of South Elementary School as it meets Monday night.
    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the administration building, 418 Fairground Road.
    Three contractors have responded to a request for bids. They were RSS Roofing, $172,440; Joplin Roofing, $166,590; and Kirberg Roofing, $142,950.
    During a work session Thursday, board member Steve Douglas expressed concern about roofing projects in general. Douglas said the district has been using Tremco roofing products. While he didn’t dispute the quality of the materials, he said using Tremco products discouraged contractors who use competitive products from considering the work. This, in turn, could keep the district from getting more competitive bids on roofing projects.
    “[Tremco] will go to a school district and tell them ‘we will do the specs for the project and let it out for bids for you,’ ” Douglas said in a telephone interview Saturday night. “They let it out for bids, but the specs will refer to specific patent numbers, patents that Tremco holds. And at the bottom of the spec sheet is the words ‘prepared by Tremco.’ When contractors see that, they think Tremco has this all sewn up.”
    Douglas said trying to include other materials in the projects at this juncture in the South School project would likely delay it until after the 2013-14 school year has begun. He said such a delay would be unacceptable and that the project needed to be completed this summer.
    But, he added, he would like to discuss it at Monday’s meeting in order to make the bidding process more fair in the future.
    Meanwhile, two companies have submitted bids for tuckpointing work at Central School and sealing and painting exterior walls at South Elementary.
    Branco Enterprises bid $79,000 for the Central project and $56,000 for the South School renovations. Meanwhile, MTS Contracting put in a $51,500 bid for the Central work, and $22,500 for the work at South.
    The board is also expected to vote on a change order for a new scoreboard at the softball field.
    According to the board packet, architects with PLJBD didn’t include installation cost of a base for the scoreboard in their plans for the softball field. The district asked the contractor to submit a change order with a price bid. CSG submitted a bid of $7,594.60 for the base and installation, while Branco Enterprises said they could do the job for $5,960.
    Douglas said board members are concerned about other problems with the softball field, including improper drainage, and will discuss options with the architect on rectifying those problems.
    In related news, Shawn Dilday, director of maintenance for the district, is scheduled to present the following maintenance projects to the board:
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    • Add woodchips in the playground safety fall zones;
    • Paint as time permits;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Marquee.
    Carver
    • Add woodchips in the playground safety fall zones;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits.
    Central
    • Add woodchips in the playground safety fall zones;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits;
    • Tuck point and waterproofing.
    Field
    • Add woodchips in the playground safety fall zones;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits.
    Goodman
    • Add woodchips in the playground safety fall zones;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits.
    South
    • Add woodchips in the playground safety fall zones;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits;
    • Carpet replacement to VCT tile four classrooms west building;
    • Marquee;
    • Caulk water seal and paint all exterior wall panels.
    High school
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits;
    • Junior high office carpet replacement;
    • Vo-ag building dividing wall system replacement.
    Jefferson Street campus (formerly the Alternative School)
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits;
    • Exterior concrete steps.
    Middle school
    • Add gravel in the safety fall zones;
    • Strip and wax classrooms and hallways, extract carpeted areas;
    • Paint as time permits;
    • Security cameras.
    Bus Barn
    • Parking lot surfacing. This will be a two phase project. Phase one, summer 2013, and phase two, summer 2014.
    Other agenda items include:
    • Installation of new school board members and election of a school board president. Brett Day currently serves in that capacity. Other officers will be elected as well;
    • Hearing from Lawrence Sanders, superintendent of Neosho Christian School, on the possibility of combining sports activities with the two districts. See related story, page 1A.

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