BOE approves low bid on school
by John Conley
The Wyoming County Board of Education approved the low bid for construction of the new Pineville Elementary School.
Radford & Radford submitted the low base bid of $10,550,000, according to Superintendent of Schools Frank “Biucky” Blackwell.
Alternates, which include two additional classrooms, will be dealt with soon, he noted. “We don’t want to delay this project,” he stated. “We want let the contractor get on property and get started,” Blackwell remarked.
The project is $564,000 over budget. “We feel like we can manage that,” said the superintendent. “We feel like we can sae that money through value engineering.”
In other news, a new state policy on Safe and Supportive Schools outlines what is expected behavior for students, teachers and parents.
“This is very comprehensive,” said Assistant Superintendent James McGrady.
The county will be working to bring its exisiting policies into compliance with the new state policy.
Blackwell said the parts of the policy applicable to students will be included in student handbooks which are presented at the start of the school term. Teachers will also get a copy of the policy.
BOE President Tommy Knotts suggested that the policy be made available for public review at the central office.
Jeff Hylton, director of transportation and safety, reported that the county’s Worker’s Compensation premium for 2012-13 will be $309,378, down from $339,572 last year.
The school system’s Emod rate (Experience Modification Factor) will be 1.08, down from 1.21 in 2011-12. Hylton says his goal is to lower that rate to 1.00.
Hylton said maintenance personnel and cooks will be required to wear slip-resistant shoes in the upcoming year. The BOE will purchase the shoes.
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