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L-S School Board considers proposal to save money on renovation projects

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Linton-Stockton School Corporation Board of Trustees voted to take a proposition for further renovations under advisement until the regularly scheduled school board meeting Jan. 21.

The school signed a contract with Emcor, an engineering firm, in October to begin renovations on the elementary school. The original project, a refit of the elementary roof, was estimated at $1.2 million.

Two other projects were planned for 2014, but Emcor brought a second proposition to the board to help the school save some money.

Craig Martin, Manager of Business Development at Emcor, and Jeffery J. Qualkinbush, attorney with Barnes and Thornburg LLP, were at the special session to present a letter of intent for projects two and three.

Project two -- which will update the HVAC system and ventilation units in the elementary -- would run concurrent with the first project, expected to be complete by the first of August.

The projects running concurrently would delay the payment to Emcor after the issuing of bonds in order to run the projects together.

Martin explained by running the two projects together, the school will save close to $200,000 in energy, construction and material savings because the Emcor employees would already be on site.

The proposition also allows the school to withdraw from the contract during a certain timeline with the only penalty being that of engineering fees.

If the school were to withdraw from project two by March 1, there would be an obligation of $115,000 in engineering fees. If the school were to cancel the contract by May 15, there would be a $775,000 obligation. If the school does not cancel the project, they will have to pay the $1.93 million by Oct. 15.

Project three -- which will renovate the lights and ceilings in the elementary school as well as the middle school -- is expected to begin in January 2014.

The school would have until June 15 to change the contract for project three with a penalty of $15,000 in engineering fees. A secondary cancellation date is set for $256,000 in engineering fees. The final payment of $1,015,541 will be due Jan. 15.

Qualkinbush noted the payment for this project would come from grant monies acquired, funds left over from the 2012 Middle School Project, the Capital Projects Fund or money left from the bonds used for projects one and two.

Martin noted the board would need to take action on the letters of intent soon in order to get the engineering work complete and to order the necessary equipment.

In other business, Bob Good was appointed to fill the District 2 vacancy on the school board. Good had served on the school board for four years prior.

Ralph Witty was elected to serve as president of the board of school trustees for 2013. Frank Gennicks will serve as vice president and Good will serve as secretary.

The school board will continue to host their meetings the third Monday of the month, with the meeting time changed to 7 p.m.

Superintendent Nick Karazsia volunteered to serve on the Greene-Sullivan Special Education Board, the Twin Rivers Board and the Greene Education Services Board.

Rowe Law Firm was retained as the school corporation law firm.

The Greene County Daily World will continue to receive legal advertisements for the Linton-Stockton School Corporation.

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