Issue with specs blocks Orrick school roof

By Russ Green/Staff Writer

A misunderstanding has resulted in the new roofing project at the Orrick school to be put on hold. By a 6-0 vote the Orrick Board of Education rejected all the bids Monday night to replace the storm-damaged roof because the insurance company would not approve the lowest bid.

Superintendent Aerin O’Dell told board members there was a disagreement with the district’s insurance company, Missouri United School Insurance Council, on what the specifications should be. As a result, MUSIC would not approve the lowest bid because it felt the specifications for the project were not accurate.

O’Dell also said the bid specifications that went out in April noted that the project had to be finished by the start of the school year and some companies did not put in a bid due to the timeline.

“We can’t have kids in the classroom with roofs being replaced,” O’Dell told the board. “If we put bids out today, we still wouldn’t be able to get them back – get the materials here and have everything done when the kids come into the building.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, June 18, 2015 Richmond News.

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