LV passes on high roof bids
By Jewels Phraner
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
Ligonier Valley school directors Monday night rejected bids for replacing the roof at Laurel Valley Elementary School.
Business manager Don Irwin reported all the bids came in at about $100,000 more than what he expected.
He said he anticipated the project to come in between $500,000 and $700,000, and the lowest bid the school district received totaled $786,000.
School directors followed his recommendation to reject the bids, sign a one-year agreement to address any emergency roof repairs, at a cost of $6,000, and reissue the request for bids in December.
“I don't know if we were too late in starting the bidding process, and these roofers already have enough work, so they are willing to do the work, but at their price,” he said. “I think we have a fiduciary responsibility to repair the roof, but I don't think we necessarily have to do it this summer, and there's no reason to overpay.”
School directors also approved a resolution that gives administrators power to reduce staff as needed.
This “standard resolution” appears on the agenda every year, as a precautionary measure, Irwin said.
Next year's budget, approved tentatively by directors last month, does not account for any reduction in staff, Irwin said.
In other news, directors approved the 2013 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution, which gives the owners of such properties a discount of $66.60 on their real estate taxes, according to school director Irv Tantlinger.
Jewels Phraner is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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