School Board moves forward with bleacher, lighting projects

Quincy Public Schools Chief of Business Operations Ryan Whicker, left, checks sound quality with board members attending remotely while Quincy School Board President Sayeed Ali, center, and Superintendent Roy Webb prepare for Wednesday night's board meeting. | H-W Photo/Deborah Gertz Husar
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 25, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 25, 2020 11:34 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board moved forward Wednesday with two projects slated for construction this summer -- or possibly yet this spring.

The board, meeting with President Sayeed Ali at the board office and members Shelley Arns, Sheldon Bailey, Richard McNay, Mike Troup and Jim Whitfield attending remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, accepted a $139,820 bid from Irwin Seating Co. for new bleachers at Quincy High School.

The bid was the second lowest of four for the project to replace and expand bleacher seating in the high school gym.

Klingner and Associates, which is working with Quincy Public Schools on the project design, said the low bid of $138,329 from Corvus did not meet bid specifications in two areas and recommended the board accept the Irwin bid.

Board members also agreed to boost lighting efficiency at the Early Childhood and Family Center and the Board of Education building.

The board accepted proposals from QFB to replace older, inefficient lighting in both buildings.

The projected cost at the board office is $46,550.11, but a rebate incentive from Ameren of $19,603.74 brings the net projected cost to $26,946.37, McNay said. At ECFC, the Ameren incentive of $17,611.20 brings the net project cost down to $41,707.64.

"By replacing these lights, the projected payback period for the Board of Education building is 3.8 years, and the projected payback for Early Childhood is 4.6 years," McNay said.

Work on the bleachers and the lighting initially was planned for this summer, but with schools closed, the timeline potentially could be moved up.

"We'll see what the governor says this week," Superintendent Roy Webb said. "If he would say that we're out for a month or two months, we'll contact the contractors and see if we can move them in. If he says we're out until the end of the school year, we'll definitely give them a call."

Also Wednesday, board members approved the 2020-21 district improvement plan.

The plan, similar to last year's, outlines goals set by the board toward reaching the district's mission to educate students and teachers to achieve personal excellence.

The plan's goals are to improve student achievement and student growth, increase teacher morale and retention rate, and fiscal responsibility.

With board approval of the plan, building principals will begin work on their individual school improvement plans, which are reviewed in June by the District Improvement Committee.