Thursday, March 23, 2000

Edgewood schools wait and see on projects

Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — Edgewood School officials should know in June whether they will have enough money to build a new media center and office suite as part of improvements to the Bloomfield and Trenton elementary schools complex.

        Last week, the board awarded five contracts totaling $3,386,713 for the project. Work includes building a con nector and new entrance between the schools, expanding and remodeling the kitchen, changing traffic patterns to separate bus from car traffic, and adding air-conditioning.

        The fate of the media center and office suite will be decided after the district opens bids in late May or June for the two-story, 78,900- square-foot classroom addition at Edgewood High School, said Superintendent Dale Robert son.

        Once the cost of work there is known, the board will review finances and determine which of several projects there and at the high school can be built from an $18.9 million bond issue voters approved in November 1998.

        “The bids came in about $500,000 lower than last time,” said Jim Patrick, project manager. “Some were higher, some were lower.”

        Architects had originally estimated the Bloomfield project at $2.685 million. But when bids were opened earlier this month, they came in 21 percent higher and were rejected. That's required by Ohio law when bids are 10 percent or more higher than the estimate. The cost estimate was then revised to $3.8 million and the project was rebid.

        Contracts went to: Robert A. Saurber General Contractor Inc., $1,933,332, general contractor; Geiler Co., $656,850, heating, ventilating and air conditioning; J.H. Mechanical Contractors Inc., $189,000, plumbing; Weisberger Electric Inc., $513,000, electrical; and Cannon Cos. Inc., $94,531, kitchen equipment.

        “I expect construction will begin in 21/2 to three weeks,” Mr. Robertson said.

        One of the first changes will be the traffic pattern, Mr. Patrick said.

        Beginning May 1, when students return to school after spring break, until school ends in June, buses will enter and exit off North Miami Street and won't be able to make a loop between the two schools as they do now. Parents will have to enter and exit off Rosa Place and use the lower-level parking lot.

        The permanent changes should be ready when children return to classes after summer break in August, Mr. Patrick said.

        Fencing will be put up to keep children away from the construction work where the connector will be built between the two schools.

        “It's not good now and won't get any better during construction,” Mr. Robertson said of the parking.

        Fire and police officials have been notified of the change and will assist staff members in directing traffic. Mr. Robertson said letters with copies of the changed traffic flow plan would be sent to parents.

        “Patience is going to be the key,” Mr. Robertson said.


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