Renovations at Smithsburg Middle School and trading in mowing tractors were among the spending items the Washington County Board of Education approved this week. Approved with 7-0 votes during a meeting Tuesday at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown were:
- Engineering design services to replace a boiler at Boonsboro High School, upgrade an electric service line at the Boonsboro school complex, and replace a boiler/chiller at Boonsboro Elementary School. The projects were awarded to low-bidder RHL Engineering Inc. of Frederick, Md., for $68,516 and, for any change in design scope, at hourly rates established under a Frederick County Public Schools bid, according to presentation documents. Kibart Inc. of Towson, Md., bid $112,456, and Gipe Associates of Baltimore bid $145,555, according to presentation documents. Bids for construction are expected to go out in the spring with the work being done in the summer, said Lisa Freeman, supervisor of purchasing.
- Interior renovations at Smithsburg Middle School that include extending some partitions, building new partitions, doing minor repairs, installing doors and painting walls. Electrical work involves partial removal and/or relocation of fire alarm devices and possibly relocating fire suppression devices. The project also includes installing acoustic panels in open-space classroom areas. The contract was awarded to the low-bidder, Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown, for $59,513. Work is expected to begin in January and be completed by March 31, according to presentation documents. The work will be done after school hours. The other bidders were GRC General Contractors, of Zullinger, Pa. ($61,380); 3G Contractor’s Inc., of Frederick, Md. ($66,870); Eagle Construction, of Greencastle, Pa. ($68,200); R.A. Hill Inc., of Chambersburg, Pa. ($73,800); Lone Star Builders Inc., of Hagerstown ($75,832); Callas Contractors Inc., of Hagerstown ($76,600); Colossal Contractors Inc., of Burtonsville, Md. ($83,645); Total Contracting Inc., of Beltsville, Md. ($87,777); Minghini's General Contractors, of Martinsburg, W.Va. ($92,759); W. Harley Miller Contractors, of Martinsburg ($95,000); and Finishes Inc., of Sykesville, Md. ($99,118).
- Contracts to supply audio/presentation equipment were awarded to 16 different companies. The companies were Audio Visual Innovations, AVES, B&H Photo Video, Camcor, CDW Govt., CIM, Classroom Tech, GBC, Hartford Computer, ICR, Long's Electronics, Nicholas Pipino, REJECT, Tape Central, Valiant and Clinton Learning Solutions, according to presentation documents. The contracts set ceiling unit prices for items that will be ordered as needed, Freeman said. The contract period is 2011. Bid prices will remain firm through June 30 and the school system can terminate the contract in whole or in part if price increases exceed the Consumer Price Index.
- Trading in three mowing tractors, allowing staff to order three replacement tractors from Antietam Tractor and Equipment Inc., of Hagerstown. The 1993-94 model tractors being traded in are valued at $2,500 or $3,500, according to presentation documents. The replacement tractors will be B3200 Kubota 32 HP four-wheel drive tractors with 60-inch mower decks, tire chains and snow blades. They will be bought using the National Joint Purchasing Alliance contract for landscaping equipment.