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MSD rebidding renovations

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County agreed to seek more bids for painting and reflooring projects at Northfield and Southwood high schools during their regular meeting on Tuesday night.

At an earlier meeting, the board reviewed a bid for $1.98 million from Shawnee Construction and Engineering in Fort Wayne. The bid from Shawnee was the only request for bids returned out of several requests sent out. After some discussion, the board decided they were uncomfortable approving the project without more offers from contractors and the subject was tabled.

Assistant Superintendent of Finance Chris Kuhn explained that rising inflation costs and the desired time frame for the projects greatly affect the bids they receive. Upon reexamining the project, Kuhn said the administration recommended they rebid the projects and request separate bids from contractors, while also allowing for the option of a combined bid. They also altered the time frame for the project to lower costs.

Board President Kevin Bowman and others on the board agreed that this approach might allow for a wider range of money-saving options, and they voted unanimously to rebid the projects based on the administration’s recommendation.

It was also announced at the board meeting that Southwood was recently awarded the 2019 College Success Award by GreatSchools.org. The award recognizes public high schools that are making strides in preparing students for college and beyond. Southwood was one of 1,722 public high schools across the U.S. to win the award.

Southwood was also recognized by US News and World Report for its efforts in helping students prepare for assessments and post-secondary education.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m.