School Board okays bid on Sumner work

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Austin School Board on Monday accepted the bid of $245,000 for work at the Sumner Elementary School building from JD Driver, Ltd.

The low bid submitted by the Rose Creek-based business was one of three submitted for the work. Also submitting bids were Building Restoration Corp., $398,150, of Rochester; and Mid-Continental Restoration Co., of Fort Scott, Kansas, at $802,500.

The work, part of the district’s long-range capital improvement plan, will be done this summer. The work includes masonry restoration, EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system), joint sealant and expansion joint repair.

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The acceptance came on the recommendation of Brian Beasley, director of buildings and grounds for the school district.

In other business Monday, the board:

Donations — Approved donations totaling over $33,000 made to the school district. Although the board reviews and accepts a list of donations each month, this month was particularly heavy for donations, especially to Banfield’s purchase of playground equipment, which drew eight of the 15 donations, and totaled over $20,700. Other donations were made to the district’s Lunch Tray Program; to Neveln Elementary School for flexible seating; to Southgate Elementary School for eight Apple iPads, cases and for supplies; to the high school’s FIRST Robotics team, for hotel expenses and supplies during tournament travel; and to the AHS Automotive Department for supplies.