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Bids approved for print shop move, classrooms

June 08, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

The Central Office print shop is moving to Washington County Technical High School.

The Board of Education voted 5-0 Monday night to approve bids for the relocation, the addition of classrooms at Salem Avenue Elementary School - which currently is undergoing renovations - and the replacement of the North Hagerstown High School gym floor.

The print shop relocation bid is for $577,000, and the gym floor renovation bid is for $153,900. The bid for construction at Salem Avenue to create a fifth set of classrooms at every grade level came in at $1.08 million.

Board Vice President Jacqueline Fischer said she is concerned about bids returning well above projections.

"I just hope in the future we can take more seriously the inflation that is occurring in those areas and try to budget more appropriately," she said.

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Chief Operating Officer William Blum said it has been hard for systems to keep up with skyrocketing costs, especially since some projects are planned years in advance.

The cost of the print shop relocation was budgeted at $300,000, he said.

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