School project bids approved

After three rounds of bidding, the Minneota School Board has finally received bids that can fit within the budget for the new elementary school renovation project.

“We believe we can go forward with it and we did the right thing going three rounds to get the budget to fit,” said Supt. Dan Deitte. The $5.25 million project will update the elementary area, bathrooms and other areas. However, the work on the locker rooms will not be done until next year.

Construction of the elementary area will be the first priority — the bathrooms, replacement flooring, cabinet work and other elementary areas.

“We are not doing much outside the elementary area (at this time),” said Deitte. Work will also be done on the pre-school room (old elementary office).

Bids accepted included: Sussner Construction for $1,483,000 for general trades and $267,000 for other general trades. Kranz Construction also got two bids of $147,600 and $494,0060 for general trades.

Midwest Glass got the window entrance bid for $223,674 and Chappell Central at $489,000 and Schwickerts at $792,900 got the mechanical bids.

L&S Electric got the electrical bids for $398,400 with Johnson Controls a bid of $105,924 for temperature controls. Balancing Professions bid was $14,495 for testing, adjustment and balances. The board also accepted a bid for the removal of asbestos.

IN OTHER action the board:

•Noted, “School Safety is a hot topic right now,” said Principal. Jeremy Frie. “We had a good discussion with our students. There is fear. I think we should have a school safety committee with our students,” he said.

“It would be nice to look in the mirror and say we’ve done everything we could do to make our school safe.”

•Approved Matt Buysse as the junior high baseball coach. Also approved volunteer coaches Everett VanHecke and Michael Luke in baseball and Larissa Kockelman in softball.

•Noted there are eight students coming to Minneota from Ivanhoe next year. One student will go to Canby. “I went to Ivanhoe to talk to the kids about transitioning here next year. They will be coming here to meet their new classmates,” said the principal.

•Approved medical leave of absence for Sue Buysse beginning April 9 and continuing through the remainder of the school year.

•Approved John Voit to teach the summer band program.

•Approved a resolution placing Spanish teacher Miranda Gravley on unrequested Leave of Absence and offered Gravley two periods per day for the 2018 and 2019 school year.

The numbers came back low for keeping her on full-time. “Gravely has 30 days to tells us if she wants the position or not,” said Supt. Dan Deitte.

•Noted Senior Award Night is 6 p.m., Sunday, April 15.

Byron Higgin

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