County BOE approves $13K more in repairs at Saks High
by Brian Anderson
Jul 23, 2013 | 2454 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Calhoun County Board of Education on Tuesday approved two more contracts worth about $13,000 for emergency repairs at fire-damaged Saks High School.

At a called meeting before its regular work session, the board approved contracts with Littleton Electrical Services for electrical repairs at the school, and with Climate Flow LLC for heating, ventilation and air conditioning work. Electrical repairs will cost $7,863 and the heating and ventilation $5,100, bringing the total value of repair work approved so far to $827,174.50.

Board member Jeff Winn raised concerns about the contract with Littleton and noted the bid was more than $3,000 less than the next-closest bid.

“I know we go for the lowest bid, but sometimes you get what you pay for,” Winn said.

Superintendent Joe Dyar said the board had worked with Littleton before to replace lights at Pleasant Valley High School and praised the company’s work, but board member Dale Harbin said he was unimpressed when the company replaced lights at Ohatchee High School’s softball field.

“It dragged on forever,” Harbin said. “They kept on delaying it.”

Board member Mike Almaroad asked that both contracts be approved with the understanding that any scrap metal found in the school during renovations be given back to the board.

“Any copper, any metal, anything we can sell for scrap, we need that,” Almaroad said. “I just want to make sure they’re not walking out with it.”

Calhoun County Schools Maintenance Supervisor Dee Ingram said all the air conditioning units in the fire-damaged portion of the school had already been removed.

The main building of Saks High School’s campus caught fire June 16, taking damage to the second floor and the roof. The Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire began in a utility closet around 2 a.m., but was not discovered until maintenance workers arrived at the building around 7 a.m.

Last week the board approved contracts with GKL Companies to repair roof damage and Bill Whittaker Architecture for renovations at a total cost of $814,211.50.

Ingram said reconstruction at the school is expected to begin on Aug. 1, and officials hope the building will be open in time for the scheduled start of classes on Aug. 19.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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