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School Board Moves Track Bid Consideration to Special Meeting

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ALLIANCE — Bulldog track and field practice has started for the season without a home meet on the schedule. Alliance High track athletes hope to see construction start on a new running track when they return from state track. Monday, the Alliance Public Schools Board of Education tabled a decision on who will build that track until a special meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 8.

Superintendent Dr. Troy Unzicker said bids had been received from two companies. He presented the low bid of $808,997.50 from Eric Reichert Insulation & Construction, Inc. of Scottsbluff in the form of a resolution. Board member Alan Cornish moved to approve the resolution as presented, which Board member Shana Brown seconded. A man in the audience, who later identified himself as Jake Peltz, said the bids submitted featured a responsive bidder and one who was unresponsive. He asserted Richert did not have a post-tension (concrete) price and did not fill out the paperwork entirely. Jake was one of several members of Peltz Companies, Inc. present at the meeting, an Alliance-based business that submitted the other bid, $848,076.17, for track construction.

Terry Peltz asked if the board considered whether or not the bids were responsive. Unzicker replied the bids sheets were filled out the same as those submitted by Peltz. They also asked who was the legal counsel for the board. Unzicker said Perry Law Firm of Lincoln.

Mike Peltz said Richert did not have a post-tension contractor to work on the track. He asked, “How does it meet the specs if one company has a post-tension contractor and the other doesn’t?”

Board member Terry Curtiss asked if the bids required a list of subcontractors to which those from Peltz answered yes.

Cornish amended his motion to reject all bids, “because I don’t like the other one either.” Brown responded that there has to be a process to verify this. Curtiss recommended tabling the action item. Cornish then moved and Curtiss seconded that the bid process be tabled. Unzicker questioned whether it would be an emergency and justify a special meeting. Curtiss said, “Our time frame makes it an emergency.” Unzicker noted he would be in Lincoln later this week and the board said he could attend via Skype. The board voted unanimously to schedule a special meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

As the track has become a lengthy project, the district continues to consider other areas. Prior to adjourning, the board discussed high priority facility options with Jack W. Baker, P.E., of Baker & Associates, Inc., Scottsbluff, and Jeremy Klima, RCDD, OSP, LEEP, AP, Specialized Engineering Solutions, Ogallala. Unzicker said the companies are considering four projects for APS though three are considered a priority. Kilma outlined the three from highest to lowest priority: Grandview boiler system, high school gym heating unit, and high school sprinkler system.

Grandview’s boiler has been at the top of the district’s list and an area of concern for years. Baker and Kilma went on a walk through of the priority areas in December. Kilma said Grandview’s two-pipe boiler system has been in use for 60 years. Similar systems have a typical lifespan of 35-40 years. He explained the building’s HVAC is only getting 50 percent flow from the pipes “at best.” Kilma proposed two options. The first is Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC), a wall unit of the type often used by motels. Heat pumps are another option. He said both are affordable and would last about 25 years. Replacing the boiler would be an option, however the upgrade would also require all new piping tos make it efficient. The cost would be “astronomical,” Kilma said. Asked for an estimate by Cornish, he said $15-$20 per square foot.

Kilma was looking at the potential Grandview project as a Construction Manager at Risk Process, commenting the district could save 10-15 percent on the overall budget.

Moving to the high school gym, Kilma offered four options each adding features and cost. Currently, the heating system requires turn on and shut off. The first option would be a 1:1 replacement and new thermostat. No. 2 adds cooling. No. 3 boosts quality and removes ductwork. The top option has heating, cooling, changes airflow and adds intelligent controls. All options feature a 25-30 year lifespan.

For the sprinkler system, Kilma said it could be spanned out over several summers.

Unzicker said, “You guys would do all the design and setup, for somewhere in the 9 percent range?” They said that depends. The Building and Grounds Committee will discuss the priority projects further.

The meeting began with the board excusing absent board member Vaughn Toof. Jewelia Taylor presented the AHS Student Council report. Five fifth grade Grandview students from Ms. Kunzman’s class presented their slideshows on the computer titled “ABC’s of Nebraska” in honor of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood.

Following principal reports and Unzicker’s report the board approved the consent agenda. There were no public comments.

Also on the agenda under action items, the board approved:

Staff resignations Patricia McLaughlin - Part-time Resource, Sarah Meyer - GV SPED Level II Para, Tamara Carter - Em SPED Level II Para, Kurt Zadina - Girls Basketball Head Coach, Erin Dunn - MS Girls Track, Toree Ogden - 9th Girls Volleyball (Coaching Assignments for 2018-19) and retirements of: Rodger Shellabarger - MS Science, Linda Shellabarger - MS Language Arts, with a thank you for their years of service, with Curtiss specifying the “eternity of service by the Shellabargers”with 37 years for Rodger and 36 for Linda.

Administrative hiring recommendations for Constance Wallace - Speech Path/Level II SPED Para - hers is for this school year and Erik Pehoviack - HS Industrial Technology - his is for next school year.