Oak Glen lab bids to be opened

NEW CUMBERLAND – Bids for science lab improvements at Oak Glen High School are scheduled to be opened today, the Hancock County Board of Education learned at Monday’s regular meeting.

The bids will be for the casework – lab stations, wall cabinets, shelving – that is to be installed in the new science labs, said Ron Blatt, project manager for Project and Construction Services Inc. of Wheeling.

“We had a lot of bidder interest,” Blatt said.

The six companies submitted bids on the cost of manufacturing, shipping and installing the furnishings, Blatt said. The bids will be opened at 1 p.m. today.

Remaining to be bid are the general trades contracts for the science lab improvements at Oak Glen and Weir high schools, restroom upgrades at both high schools, and the renovation of the Milton Weinberg Theater at Weir High, Blatt said.

Those bids will be due by May 9, he said.

The scheduled improvements are the last bid package stemming from the $37 million bond levy approved by Hancock County voters in 2010. Blatt said he hopes the contractors that bid on previous packages will bid on this latest one also.

“Most of them are interested,” he said.

In other business, the board approved for revisions three school district policies: conflict of interest, public participation at board meetings, and procedures for pediculosis (head lice).

The policies will be posted on the school district’s website for 30 days for public comment and then will be adopted officially into the board’s policy manual.

The board also re-adopted 24 policies that required no revisions.

Also Monday, the board:

Heard Faculty Senate and School Improvement Council reports for Allison Elementary School and New Manchester Elementary School.

Recognized the Hancock County winners of the Young Writers’ Contest. The winners will go to Charleston on May 24 for a meeting with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state Superintendent James B. Phares.

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