Winter Street Elementary School students help choose playground equipment

March 25, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE |

HAGERSTOWN — Several Winter Street Elementary School students had a say in which contractor would be hired to install new playground equipment on the school grounds this summer.

After school employees narrowed the equipment proposals to two, a few students from each classroom — pre-kindergarten to fifth grade — looked over computerized renderings of the playground equipment in mid-March to see which equipment they thought the student body would like best, Principal Matt Semler said.

The playground equipment by Southern Playground, of Charlottesville, Va., was preferred the most by the students, and that company was awarded the contract for $68,875, according to presentation documents. The equipment will include six swings, one of which must be a special-needs swing with a high back.

Southern’s bid was the highest of the four bidders, but the evaluation committee thought it was the best offer, considering students’ preferences, according to presentation documents. The lowest bid was $55,800 by Recreation Resource of Kennett Square, Pa.

The project will be paid for with a $70,000 Program Open Space grant.

The contract was unanimously approved by the school board as part of the consent agenda during its March 20 business meeting.

Board member Donna Brightman asked what would happen to the playground equipment if the school board decides to close Winter Street Elementary. The school system’s long-term planning documents call for the possible merging of Winter Street and Conococheague into a “West City” elementary school.

The new playground equipment could be moved to the new elementary school or left for the neighborhood to use, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the board.

One possible use for the land could be a small city park, said Rob Rollins, the school system’s director of facilities planning and development.

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