There have been 4 bidders, with Professional Contractors Inc. of Menahga submitting the bottom base bid at $486,800.
The bottom bid includes the early studying wing, defined Superintendent Kevin Wellen. With the preschool program returning to the campus and bringing 40 college students, “they’re in two rooms jam-packed with stuff. They’re about two-thirds the scale of what they need to be, which is why I requested them to make that space the bottom bid as a result of we’ve got 4 rooms out of compliance – the 2 preschool rooms and the kindergarten rooms.”
The college district additionally requested alternate bids for particular training transforming and center faculty administration transforming. Professional Contractors solely submitted a bid for admin transform, at $67,500, as a result of firm’s bid bond threshold. Wellen famous this was the bottom bid as properly.
Wellen advised both rebidding the particular training transform mission, or if it should are available in below $100,000, the district might merely solicit quotes.
Board member Brad Goehrig proposed holding off on building for one more few years. Hypothetically, he mentioned, the coronavirus might hamper state revenues. “What are the percentages that hastily now that our discovering is minimize by 20 p.c?” Goehrig requested.
“We’d nonetheless be okay for a 12 months,” Wellen mentioned. “There are neighboring districts, not distant, that the wheels would fall off. As a result of we come up with the money for within the financial institution, we will climate any storm that can defeat one other district. We’re strong in that method, so I’m not nervous about that. The worst-case situation for us is that we might have to do some borrowing at that very low rate of interest.”
The movement to award the bottom bid and admin transform alternate bid to Professional Contractors handed Four-2, with Goehrig and faculty board member Bob White opposed.
The board additionally accepted Foss Structure’s proposal for building administration companies, choosing the $12,800 lump sum charge. Among the many companies Foss will present are six bi-weekly onsite building coordination conferences, one pre-final inspection and punch-list era, one ultimate inspection, assessment of contractor submittals and assessment of mission closeout documentation.
After prolonged debate, the board authorized to pay spring coaches and advisors their full salaries.
Wellen and Athletic Director Don Donarski each really useful paying in full, regardless of shortened or cancelled seasons as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. This contains advisors for FCLA, Enterprise Professionals of America and speech.
“Nobody noticed this coming, and the state has assured income. The coaches made a very good religion effort to have a program. We really feel prefer it’s the precise factor to do,” Wellen mentioned.
The overwhelming majority of districts are paying coaches in full, whereas about one-third are prorating salaries, he famous.
Wellen shared an replace from the Minnesota Affiliation of Faculty Directors about legislative motion. “Faculty support formulation will likely be adjusted in order that income will not be misplaced to colleges on account of COVID-19 closures and changes to the supply of educationally-related companies for particular training support, faculty meals, profession and technical income, nonpublic pupil transportation support, interdistrict desegregation transportation support, integration income, literacy incentive support, school-age care income, early childhood screening income, and grownup primary training support,” he reported.
Goehrig expressed concern that paying in full might set a precedent.
Wellen really useful subsequent 12 months’s exercise contracts and deciding what, if any, parameters needs to be added. He mentioned the Minnesota Faculty Board Affiliation can be engaged on really useful language.
Coach planning happens all 12 months lengthy, Wellen identified, saying it could possibly be troublesome to recruit coaches sooner or later in the event that they received’t be paid on account of unexpected circumstances. “We’re having a tricky time as it’s,” he mentioned, including that coaches aren’t paid further when groups go on to state tournaments nor are they paid much less once they don’t make it to playoffs.
The movement handed 5-1, with board member Katie Howard opposed.
In different enterprise, the varsity board did as follows:
Permitted Trevor Horning as assistant soccer coach and Tim Wurdock as head boys basketball coach, with phrases and situations to be decided in case the season is abbreviated or cancelled on account of COVID-19.
Congratulated Nichole Weston on being named Menahga’s Trainer of the 12 months by Training Minnesota Menahga.
Accepted a $2,000 GenYouth and Midwest COVID-19 Emergency Faculty Vitamin Funding Grant.
Permitted the summer season meals service program, starting June eight. It is going to be pick-up solely service.
Discovered that summer season recreation programming is on maintain, as a result of pandemic. Donarski shared ballot outcomes of 24 faculty districts, the place 71 p.c put summer season rec on maintain, 21 p.c shut it down and eight p.c modified their packages.
Discovered that drivers training lessons will likely be carried out via Zoom. Behind-the-wheel coaching will start as soon as security protocols are established.
Reviewed proposals for a brand new marquee signal, however tabled till the June assembly.
Permitted agreements with cooks, custodians and clerical employees for 2019-2021.
Accepted a letter of resignation from elementary instructor Michelle Kero and thanked her for her 5 years of service.
Permitted the plan for Class of 2020 seniors to buy their school-issued Chromebook laptops, at $225 every. The worth is predicated on two years of depreciation.