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Washington County Board of Education briefs

April 19, 2012

Old Boonsboro High gym to get new roof, windows

Boonsboro High School’s old gym will get a new roof, and the gym windows will be replaced with more energy-efficient windows this summer, under a contract approved by the county school board this month.

With unanimous approval of the consent agenda, the seven-member Washington County Board of Education awarded the contract to National Roofing Co. of Baltimore, during a  meeting on Tuesday.

Lisa Freeman, purchasing supervisor for Washington County Public Schools, said nearly the entire gym roof will be replaced, except for a small metal section, according to a videotape of the school board meeting.

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National Roofing had the lowest responsible bid, which was $1,877,300, Freeman said. Eight contractors bid on the project.

Two other companies had lower base bids, ranging from $1,820,000 to $1,837,000, according to presentation documents.

The contractor with the former bid had an unsatisfactory performance record, while the contractor with the latter bid used the wrong form, the documents said.

Only two bidders were from the local area.

Callas Contractors, of Hagerstown, had a base bid of $2,999,000, and ECC Inc./The Eagle Construction, of Greencastle, Pa., had a base bid of $3,175,000, the documents said.

Board member cites election signs at schools

County school board member W. Edward Forrest suggested this week that the school system ask the Washington County Board of Elections if it can do something about candidate signs left on school campuses after elections.

Forrest said he noticed signs for both Democratic and  Republican candidates were still on school campuses a week after the April 3 primary elections.

He said school employees shouldn’t have to take care of the signs, according to a videotape of a Washington County Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

Snook reappointed to board’s ethics panel

Former Washington County Commissioner Greg Snook has been reappointed to the county school board’s Ethics Advisory Panel.

The seven-member Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved Snook’s reappointment Tuesday, according to a videotape of the board meeting.

Snook’s second term will be for five years, Chief Legal Counsel Anthony Trotta told the board. The current term for Snook, now president of CHIEF, was set to expire this month.

— Julie E. Greene

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