The second time’s a charm for the Lakeland School District as it looks to build a new administration center.
The Lakeland School Board approved a recommendation to accept the low bid of $910,565 from Hamilton Hunter Builders of Ft. Wayne.
That bid was $227,000 less than the low bid from the first round of bids opened earlier this summer. Those bids were rejected by the board, which asked architect Kari Vilamaa to make changes and seek new bids.
Vilamaa told the board Monday that the bids this time ranged from the low of $910,565 to $1,023,000. The difference in the low bid this time was the changes to a traditional heating system and going to a smaller basement.
Board member David Larimer noted that local bidders did have the opportunity to bid on the project. Board member Bob Murphy added that he hoped that since they didn’t bid on the project it meant that they were busy.
Vilamaa told the board that work on the project could begin as early as next week.
In other business:
The board approved Bryan Iddings as the assistant principal at Parkside Elementary.
The board approved a recommendation to create the position of Management of Information Systems Technician position. The district is adding 850 iPads and 160 additional laptops this school year, with the technician position being added to handle the additional work.