Festus R-6 school officials recently agreed to spend just over $2 million on three improvements projects.
The biggest purchase will be a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for Festus Intermediate School, which will cost nearly $1.4 million.
Another large purchase is for synthetic turf to be installed at the Festus High School Tiger Stadium, and that project will cost almost $589,000.
The district will spend another approximately $40,000 for a new chair lift at Festus Middle School.
The district will use revenue from Proposition F, a 59-cent tax levy increase voters approved last April, to fund the HVAC project. The other two projects will be covered with budgeted capital improvement funds, said Nathan Holder, the district’s assist superintendent.
Brockmiller Construction of Farmington was awarded a $1,371,800 contract for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning project at the Intermediate School, 1501 Mid-Meadow Lane. The company submitted the lowest of four bids for the job.
“It will be a brand new system,” Superintendent Link Luttrell said.
The HVAC replacement project for the school will include seven new rooftop units, variable air-volume boxes and associated electrical, ceiling and roof work, according to board documents.
Luttrell said while much of that work will take place over the summer, district officials would like for one malfunctioning roof unit to be replaced this spring.
ATG Sports Industries of Festus won the contract for the turf project at the high school stadium, which is along Sunshine Drive near Festus Elementary School.
The actual cost of the job will be $624,450, but the school district will only have to pay $588,750 because ATG agreed to lower the cost by $35,700 in exchange for advertising at the field, according to board documents.
Luttrell said R-6 went through the Education Plus school district cooperative, which determined ATG was the low bidder.
“The goal is to have the turf installed prior to the beginning of track season at the start of March,” he said. “It should be a two- to three-week job.”
ATG installed the existing turf on the field in 2010, but it has reached the end of its life expectancy, Luttrell said.
The district awarded a $39,726 contract to Boyer Building and Design in De Soto to replace a chair lift at Festus Middle School, 1717 W. Main St.
The company was the lowest of two bidders, according to board documents.
“The (current) chairlift has kind of gone beyond repairs,” Luttrell said. “It was installed in 1992. The hope is for the new one to be installed by March 24. It has to be ordered and manufactured.”
Board members voted 6-0 Dec. 18, in separate votes, to approve the three large purchases. Board member Todd Oetting was absent from the meeting.
Board meeting date changed
Also in December, the board decided to change its monthly meeting date from the third Wednesday of the month to the third Thursday, effective this month.
The board’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
“They looked at what’s best for everyone,” Luttrell said. “It was felt everyone would be best served with the change.”
If the change turns out to be problematic, board members could switch their meeting back to the third Wednesday of the month, he said.