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Contracts awarded for Morgan project

The North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of bid awards as submitted by Kovert Hawkins architects. The meeting was held June 11 at Morgan Elementary School, the site of the project.
E.H. Construction LLC, of Brooks, Ky., received the multi-scope contract with a base bid of $6,052,000. Agreeing to accept several alternates in the multi-scope work brought E.H. Construction’s total bid to $6,852,000.
Other companies receiving contracts, with a 5-0 vote, and their bids were: Stone Creek Interior Systems LLC, casework, $372,300 (includes alternate casework; Dine Co., food service equipment, $318,299; A-A Fire Sprinkler Co. Inc., fire sprinklers, $192,000; Huntingburg Machine Works, plumbing, $559,600; Arrow Electric Co. Inc., electrical, $901,440 (includes two alternate items); and Delta Services LLC, technology and communications, $569,609 (includes alternate items and will be reduced once the new number of flat-panel monitors has been determined).
Also, the board unanimously accepted Performance Services Inc.’s bid of $1,910,000.
Morgan Elementary, located south of Palmyra, was built in the 1950s and has not been renovated since 1974.
Work is expected to begin this summer on the project that will include demolishing part of the existing structure, building a new classroom wing, relocating the playground and improving traffic flow outside the school.
During a work session prior to the meeting, Hal Hawkins told the five school trustees that the bids came in about 20 percent under budget.
‘The challenge in the beginning was to make sure we were within the budget,’ he said.
Because bids were below initial estimates, the school board was able to include some of the alternate work, such as painting the old gymnasium, buying new library furniture, putting brick on the exterior of the new wing and landscaping the outside of the building.
‘When we went to the DLGF (Department of Local Government Finance), we didn’t have a lot of room in the budget (for technology), so we didn’t put a lot in there,’ Hawkins said.
Lower-than-expected bids allowed the board to accept alternate bids for a sound system for the gym, SmartBoards and projectors and security cameras.
Also during the meeting, the school’s Wellness Committee held its annual meeting. Tonya Caffee, school nurse, said the committee will continue to support the walking club at North Harrison Elementary School, as well as reduce the number of starches served for lunch, promote healthy eating choices along with good hygiene and involve the staff, again, with the ‘biggest loser’ contest.
Ron Snyder commented that he would like to see the school corporation have a physical education class about three times a week.
Caffee said the elementary school students participate in physical activity once a week.
‘I wish it was more,’ she said.
Near the conclusion of the meeting, school trustee Gary Byrne directed Randy Barrett, interim superintendent, to offer a meeting of the school trustees with the teachers’ bargaining team in hopes of reaching a settlement of the teacher contract. (The teachers have been working on a contract that expired six years ago.)
When Byrne made the same request at last month’s meeting, school trustee Bobby Chinn commented that he believed such a request was illegal.
‘Nothing we did (in making the request) was illegal,’ Michael Beyerle said June 11. ‘We can invite them to do anything.’
The board voted 4-1 (Chinn cast the nay vote) to have Barrett make the request.
Effective July 1, Dan Haskell will be the president of the North Harrison Classroom Teachers Association. He succeeds Greg Rupp, who said he is stepping down to spend more time with his family.
In other matters, the school trustees:
‘ Accepted resignations from Doris Salyards, who is retiring effective Aug. 7 as a cafeteria worker at North Harrison High School; Madonna Taylor as seventh-grade volleyball coach; and Kelly Cooper as boys’ varsity golf coach.
‘ Approved hiring Robert Higdon as girls’ golf coach (lay); Rob Rhodes as varsity assistant football coach (lay); Gary Fessel as weight room coordinator (lay) at NHHS; Duane Boady as boys’ soccer coach (lay); Tonny Ratliff as girls’ soccer coach (lay); Tim Martin as girls’ cross country coach (lay); Christopher Morris as band guard instructor (lay); Emily Pease as band guard assistant instructor (lay); Jeremy Jordan as band drum line instructor (lay); Larry Hill as band drum line assistant instructor (lay); and Darrel Williamson as band marching tech (lay).
‘ Accepted donations of $2,000 from Jones Machine & Tool Inc. to North Harrison High School Athletics; $1,000 from Morgan Elementary PTO to Camp Kindergarten at Morgan Elementary; $1,000 from North Harrison Elementary PTO to Camp Kindergarten at North Harrison Elementary; $650 from First Harrison Bank to MES for a field trip to Conner Prairie Farm; and $1,000 from NHES PTO to NHES for its Read Across America program. (No match is required for any of the donations.)
‘ Tabled the second reading of the Transfer Students policy.
No action was taken regarding the policy for Cellular Telephones and Electronic Communication Devices due to a lack of a second of the motion made by Fred Naegele to adopt the policy.