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Lakeland seeking bids for facility improvements

The Lakeland School Corporation is continuing its work to upgrade and restore its facilities. At Monday’s school board meeting, the board approved a request to advertise for bids and to seek quotes on a long list of facility improvement projects around the district.

Work to replace aging roofs was a focus for the district’s three elementary buildings. Bids will also be sought to replace the gym floor at Lima-Brighton Elementary and Wolcott-Mills.

Bids will be sought for work on the HVAC at the middle school, which could include replacing air units, new heat pumps and more, depending on how the bids come in.

Lighting bids for athletic fields will be the focus at the high school. The board discussed at length the recommendation for lighting certain playing areas and the benefits to the district. Lighting the baseball, soccer and softball varsity playing fields could give the district the opportunity to host tournament games. Lighting is being considered for the varsity baseball field, varsity soccer, varsity softball and junior varsity softball.

Lights for the tennis courts had been part of the recommendation, but was pulled from the list of bids being sought.

The board was told that design work continues to redo the front entrance at Lima-Brighton Elementary, but it is not ready for bids at this time.

Quotes will be sought on replacing gym bleachers at Lima-Brighton and Wolcott-Mill, replacing gym lights at Parkside and Wolcott Mills, and adding electronic building access at all three elementaries.

In other business:

The board adopted the 2014 budgets for general fund, debt service fund, bus operating fund and retirement/severance debt service fund. Also approved were the 2014-2016 Capital Projects Fund and the 2014 Bus Replacement Fund.