District facility upgrades begin

Hayden School Board awards phone bid to ICS

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— Broken clocks, outdated phone systems and old door locks have plagued the Hayden School District for years.

On Wednesday, the Hayden School Board gave unanimous approval to continue moving forward with facility improvements.

The district received a $200,000 energy impact grant from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance program during the spring. The $60,000 in district money the board previously approved gives the district $260,000 to use toward the improvements.

Superintendent Mike Luppes brought a breakdown on how those funds will be used to Wednesday's meeting.

According to the sheet Luppes handed out prior to the meeting, the district plans to spend $234,676 of its allocated $260,000.

Luppes recommended the leftover $25,676 be used on additional concrete upgrades at district buildings. It was unanimously approved, bringing the final concrete cost to $82,256.

District sidewalks have been tagged as major concrete projects for Tad Osmun, who was awarded the concrete bid.

Concrete work is under way.

Lee's Keys was awarded the bid to replace district locks and re-key its buildings. Final cost is $72,743.

Bids to replace the phone system and clocks were awarded Wednesday.

The School Board unanimously approved the spending of $76,906 to upgrade the district's phone system. ICS was awarded the bid, and the company's project includes an upgrade for district computer server storage.

"It will update our phone system," Luppes said. "We can call individual rooms no problem. It will give us the capability from my office to call every phone in the district."

Luppes received two bids to upgrade district clocks.

One company's references didn't check out, so Luppes suggested Primex be awarded the bid.

"They can tie our clocks into the present bell system," Luppes said.

There was some confusion as to what the final cost will come to because, in its bid, Primex included upgrades Hayden does not need, so Luppes needed more time to speak with the company and get a revised final cost, he said.

Board member Kurt Frentress asked if the board had the power to authorize Luppes to make the final decision after speaking with a Primex representative.

The board voted, 5-0, to give Luppes the authority to award the final bid.

"As long as we are guaranteed to have the dang clocks in before school starts because that has been a problem for years," said board member Troy Wertenberger.

The final cost will be $19,000 at the most.

"We should be able to come in under what we are at," Luppes said.

Luppes also handed out a complete list of capital reserve expenditure items from the 2005-06 school year, which came to $70,850.

More than $53,000 was carried over from the 2005-06 reserve balance into the 2006-07 capital reserve, giving the school board $173,445 in capital reserve funds for the upcoming school year.

Approximately $85,000 al----ready has been allocated to items such as the aforementioned facility improvements, a repeater for bus radios and a new wrestling mat.

The wrestling program raised half the funds for the mat, and the district is paying the remaining $5,500.

To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com.

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