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Richmond BOE approves bids for work at elementary schools, district office

The Richmond R-XVI School Board approved several bids for repairs and work at Dear and Sunrise Elementary at its monthly board meeting Tuesday night.
Dear Elementary will receive 21,000 sq. ft. of new ceiling tiles and gridwork in its 1969 addition. Facilities Director Jeff Southwick said the move is toward more energy-efficient lighting.
“The payback is good on this,” said Southwick. “There’s only a two-year payback and we’re getting a $10,850 rebate incentive from KCP&L for going more energy efficient.” The rebate was awarded in May after the district applied for a grant.
Three bids were turned in for the project and a pre-bid walk-through was conducted. The board voted unanimously to go with the Creative Ceilings bid of $27,750. Southwick said the district has chosen to remove the old tile, grid and lighting itself to save money on the project. Creative Ceilings of Lexington is bonded and insured.
Southwick said the strip lighting will change from T12 to T8 lighting fixtures and will be a savings that will pay for itself within a few years. The lighting will include 194 three-lamp T-8 Troffer light fixtures. The money for the lighting will come through Fund 4.
“It costs $10,063 a year to operate the existing lighting,” said Southwick. “The cost for the proposed lighting is $4,242 per year. That’s an annual savings of $5,820.”
Cost for the total project, ceiling tile, gridwork and new lighting is estimated at $57,000.
Four bids were turned in to repair the Sunrise Elementary parking lot and provide drainage to eliminate any further problems.
As early as September 2007, the asphalt in the bus lanes at the school was separating. In some places the concrete below was visible. Tests were done to determine whether the asphalt was put down correctly. Though all bid specifications were followed, Southwick said the asphalt was laid on top of clay and there was no drain base.
“The only problem is moisture under the asphalt has no place to go,” said Southwick.
The work will be performed on the east parking lot. The board voted 5-1 to go with Paradise Asphalt who turned in a bid of $105,043. To bring the parking lot to new condition, with a crack seal and seal coat is estimated to cost $113,443.
The board also approved (5-1-1) a $15,700 bid from Paradise Asphalt to apply asphalt at the Board of Education District Office. Several companies attended the pre-bid walk through. Paradise Asphalt is bonded and insured. The money for this project will come from Fund 4.
The board approved bid specs for curbing to be installed around the parking lot and will be advertising for bids.

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