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Toronto School Board taking bids for new work

April 27, 2012
By JEREMY KINS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The city school board will accept bids on the new high school's construction at its May 4 meeting.

The special session, set to be held at 5 p.m. at Karaffa Elementary School, comes after the initial round of bidding in February came back with estimates higher than expected by about $1.2 million, according to Superintendent Fred Burns.

The board was to have met April 19 to accept the bids for the construction, but more time was needed to gather and consider bids, so it was postponed and a special board meeting was held Thursday.

Burns said this time around, however, bids have come back a little lower than expected and that the project is expected to still meet the goal of completion in the summer of 2013.

"We're staying on budget and on time. We've lost a few things (to get estimates down) but we're very proud of what we're doing for Toronto," said Burns.

The school will house sixth through 12th grades and will feature new labs for science, technology for wireless Internet and meeting rooms, room-to-room broadcasting and intercom communication, as well as improved emergency communication systems and other state-of-the-art technologies, according to Burns.

Toronto passed a 6.95-mill bond issue in 2010 that is providing the funds for the school's construction.

In other matters, the board recognized that May 7-11 will be celebrated as Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Burns said numerous events are planned for the week including gifts, doughnuts, a special lunch and more.

"Everyone just does an outstanding job. It's a team effort, and especially with all of the things going on (in Toronto), and we just want to say thank you to all of them," said Robert Reeves, board president.

The board also:

Approved a field trip for Rena Dayton's special needs students on May 11-13 to go to Pittsburgh.

Certified the list of students as recommended by the high school principal for graduation, which will be held at 7 p.m. on May 25 at the high school.

Approved the following test coordinators at a rate of $500 per person per year for the 2012-13 school year: Lynda Glenn, Carol Murray and Nikki Wright.

OK'd the following licensed personnel with specific contracts: Christopher Baldauf, one year; Sarah Kendziorski, one year; Eric Meek, one year; Kayla Roush, one year; Gladys Abbott, two years; Rick Hlivko, two years; Heather Keenan, two years; Katie Long, two years; Marideth Rock, two years; and Justin Wiley, two years.

Approved the following teachers be granted specific contracts: Rena Dayton, Tim Fisher, Mindy Pittis and Andrew Reeves.

Approved supplemental positions effective with the 2012-13 school year.

Accepted the resignation of Sue Davidson as high school yearbook adviser and spelling bee coordinator effective with the end of the 2011-12 school year.

Approved the purchase of cameras and monitors from Tri-State Security to replace the nonworking system at the high school at a cost of $4,920.46.

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