Of the four bids received, the lowest was Davis Brothers roofing for $599,400, according to Chief Finance Officer David Frye. Architect fees of $19,500 and a 6 percent contingency of $35,964 bring the total appropriation to $654,864, and Jim Wright is the architect for the project. Funding comes from bond funds depleting all but $301,319. The vote was 4-0 with Karen Reed-Wright, wife of the architect, abstaining.
In other actions, the board on first reading approved a blanket textbook adoption for science, physical education/wellness, fine arts, art, and A/V technology and communications for the 2018-19 school year. The board also approved a professional services agreement not to exceed $4,500 to Joe T. Wood for evaluation of Dobyns-Bennett High Schools's career and technical program curriculum alignment and early post-secondary program development.
Services, to be provided by May 1, will include but are not limited to creating multiple pathways and delivery models for personalized student learning, providing online career awareness resources, and coordinating with local post-secondary education institutions to expand opportunities for students. Planning, preparation, delivery, and travel are included in the contracted amount.