No bidders on school lunch room addition
The Eureka Springs School Board is delaying the start of construction of a lunch room addition to the north building at Eureka Springs High School and putting on a new roof because no one bid to do the work.
Architect Larry Troillett told the school board Thursday evening "We did not get one bid on the project. I talked with two or three local people who seemed interested, and a dozen others, but no one submitted a bid."
The proposed building is 25 feet wide and 60 feet long, with a brick exterior finish.
Troillett said he thought the problem with the project was the Aug. 19 completion deadline. The school board had hoped to have the work finished before classes start for the fall term.
He recommended extending the completion deadline.
Another consideration for the board is the proposed metal roof. The initial estimate of the cost, made about a year ago, was $99,000.
Troillett said he had talked with several contractors about estimating the job and bids were ranging from $140,000 to $160,000 because of the national cost increases in steel and metal products.
He said going to a standard asphalt roof would cost between $60,000 and $80,000, including the raising and sloping of the roof and extra insulation called for in the specs.
He also gave the board the option of splitting the project, doing the roof this year and the addition next year.
Superintendent Reck Wallis suggested board members think about the options and be ready to make a decision during the June meeting.
The board agreed to hire three sophomore students to do renovation work in the high school dressing rooms.
VICA Instructor Larry Wicker recommended hiring Josh Wallis, Jake Martin and Bryan Adams to the board and said they were qualified to do the work, which includes some plumbing, tile and carpentry.
Wicker introduced Wallis and Andrew McClung to the board as winners in the state VICA competitions this spring.
Wallis and Jerry Smith will go to national competition to represent the school this summer.
Wayne Carr, new elementary school principal, and Supt. Wallis gave the board a proposal to use Title I federal funds to start a pre-school program next year.
They estimate a class size of approximately 20 students three and four years old with one certified teacher and one aide. Students who qualify would also get free lunch.
"This is not day care," Carr said. "It is a school program and there will be some instruction for the students. We just wanted to inform you of the possibility of this program. We still have some paperwork to do to get approval to use these funds."
Following a brief executive session, the board hired non-certified personnel for the 2004-05 school year.