The Edmond Sun

May 10, 2013

School board votes on project contractors

Seniors given choices for yearbook pictures

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Several upcoming building contracts, all to be paid out of the $80 million 2013 school bond issue, were approved this week by the Edmond Board of Education.

With nine firms submitting bids for the Heritage Elementary work site clearing project, the lowest, best bid was received from Miller-Tippens in the amount of $255,000. Board members voted 4-0 to accept the bid. Board member Kemp Cole was absent from the meeting. Heritage Elementary will be the 17th elementary school built for the Edmond district and is set to open for the 2014-15 academic year on Sorghum Mill Road east of I-35.

“Miller-Tippens is a general contractor who has worked on several construction projects for Edmond Schools and is currently the contractor on the Route 66 softball facility for the City of Edmond,” said Bret Towne, assistant superintendent of general administration. “The project will be funded by the 2013 bond issue.”

Ten firms bid on the secured entrance projects for Ida Freeman Elementary, Russell Dougherty Elementary, Sequoyah Middle School and Central Middle School with board members voting 4-0 to select Cooley Construction.

“The lowest bid was from Cooley Construction in the amount of $334,000,” Towne said. “Cooley Construction has not bid with the district in several years, but their last project with the district was the construction of Washington Irving Elementary.” Towne added the references provided by the architect reflected a high quality construction company.

Three firms provided bids for the high school track replacement and resurfacing project.

“The lowest, best bid is from Hellas Construction in the amount of $396,300 for the base bid and Alternate 1,” Towne said. “This alternate addresses leveling a header curb at the Santa Fe track, which currently has a significant drop off from the track to the surrounding ground elevation.”

Towne said Hellas Construction is a full-service sports construction company that specializes in high school sports and athletic facilities. Hellas recently constructed the sports facilities at the new Yukon High School. Board members voted 4-0 for the projects, which will be funded from the 2013 bond issue.

Board members also voted 4-0 for Andeco Flooring to replace the flooring at Cheyenne Middle School. Funding will come from the 2013 bond issue. Towne told board members seven firms were plan holders and four firms provided bids. The bid amount was $795,500. As a part of the bid, there is $70,000 in contingency funds for moisture correction if needed.

“Andeco Flooring is a large, commercial flooring firm which works primarily in the Edmond and Oklahoma City area,” Towne said.

In other business custodial contracts were voted on for custodial services at all three high schools. Seven contractors provided bids and three were chosen to make presentations.

The following contracts were awarded for the 2013-14 school year to: Jani-King in the amount of $430,707 for services at North High School; Jani-King in the amount of $411.102 to provide custodial services at Santa Fe High School; and Oklahoma Building Services in the amount of $372,990 for Memorial High School.

Board members also voted on yearbook and picture contracts. School photos for Cross Timbers Elementary will be taken by Candid Color, pictures for Angie Debo and Will Rogers will be taken by Oklahoma School Pictures and Life Touch will take the remaining elementary schools’ photos.

Photos for Central Middle School will be taken by Life Touch and the four remaining middle schools’ photos will be taken by Oklahoma School Pictures.

Jostens Yearbook Company will be publishing the yearbooks at all middle and high schools.

Jostens yearbook representative has offered to provide a photographer to take all the senior photographs for the yearbook for no charge. Students may go to a different photographer for senior photos and may substitute that photo, if and only if, it qualifies with the yearbook staff’s qualifications. Specifications will be set forth in August. Jostens will be scheduled after school and on specific weekends for seniors to have photos taken. These photographs may be purchased if the student wishes.

Board members, after much discussion, voted 3-1 with George Cohlmia voting no, to give students the choice of where to go to have senior photos taken. All seniors may have their photo taken by the Jostens photographer free of charge for publication in the school yearbook.

After the meeting Cohlmia said, “It is not a big issue for me. I just don’t think the amendment we voted on applied to what we were talking about, and secondly, I just want to make sure it is about fairness, and that no one gets left out.”