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By Caroline Downs
The Kenmare school board moved forward Monday night on a project to replace the coal-fired boiler at the high school building.
Board members approved a motion during the special meeting to accept bids received from Mowbray & Son Plumbing and Heating and from Mayer Electric, both of Minot, on materials, equipment and installation of an electric boiler.
Mowbray & Son bid the mechanical and general construction portion of the project at $139,907.00. Mayer Electric bid the electrical components of the project at $129,500.00, for a total cost of $269,407.00.
A third bid was received from Christianson Heating & Air, also of Minot, for $169,900. However, board members understood that bid to include only the mechanical portion of the project.
The boiler replacement project will begin this summer, with a finish date of September 18, 2013, listed by Mowbray & Son and Mayer Electric and a final completion date of September 30th.
The Mayer Electric bid included an additional $2,500 related to the higher capacity boiler of 1,250 kilowatts specified by the Kenmare school district.
Business manager Renae Murphy reviewed minutes of an earlier Building Committee meeting with representatives of Obermiller Nelson Engineering in Fargo, who consulted on the boiler replacement project. She quoted a cost estimate from the engineers of $230,000 for the project.
In other business during the meeting, the board approved the district’s technology plan as presented by Superintendent Mueller at the April 16th regular board meeting.
In response to questions about the purchase of two 30-unit laptop computer labs, Mueller said the committee hoped to purchase the units at the end of the 2012-2013 and beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal years. The committee budgeted $30,000 for one 30-laptop unit, and carryover funds may be directed toward a portion of the purchase.
The board finished the meeting with an executive session to discussion progress on contract negotiations with the Kenmare Education Association.
The next regular meeting of the Kenmare School Board will be Tuesday, May 14th, beginning at 7 pm at Kenmare High School. The public is welcome to attend.