Education

New QPS schools "in good shape"

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 26, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- With classes slated to start Aug. 15 in Quincy, work continues to wrap up at the new Thomas S. Baldwin and Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary Schools.

Baldwin "is in good shape. All the new furniture is installed," Quincy Public Schools Construction Representative Dave Wombles told the Building Committee on Tuesday. At Denman, "I predicted July 1, but I'm going to say more like July 15 before they get totally complete."

QPS Maintenance Director Dane Barnes noted that the district is "80 percent done moving" into the buildings but is in a holding pattern in some areas while waiting for floors to be waxed.

Superintendent Roy Webb said he has no concerns about the new buildings.

"We're in good shape," he said. "Teachers may be working around some punch list items and some graphics, some of the finishing up things that (general contractor) Jerry Maas will be doing."

Teachers still will be allowed into the buildings next month to start working on classrooms -- July 8 for Baldwin and July 15 for Denman.

"We'll be ready for the kids in August," Webb said.

Committee members heard an update on health life safety projects across the district, including at the junior high where work is underway to replace the gym floor, upgrade the locker room, replace the stage curtain and rigging, and tuckpointing.

The old track at Flinn Stadium has been removed with a base laid for the new eight-lane track. Work on the Baldwin roof is "moving along extremely well," Webb said, and work has started to replace railings in the Baldwin gym.

Committee members also recommended the School Board act on several bids including:

Accepting the lowest of two bids, $165,030 from Entrup Drywall and Painting, Inc., for work on the brown "cap" that goes all around Quincy High School and the white fascia on Buildings A, B and C that can be seen from Maine Street.

Approving the lowest of four bids, $391,940 from D&L Excavating, Inc., for paving work at the transportation building. The project covers paving, removing a wooded area between the building and a neighboring residence and adding bollards around the new Ameren connections.

Accepting the lowest of two bids for playground installation at Denman -- $124,000 from Million Construction. QPS already has bought the playground equipment.

Rejecting a second bid for work at the junior high school entrance and terrace repair. Waterkotte Construction Inc. was the sole bidder for the second time, but the bid again was higher than expected. The project will be rebid again in early spring.