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Westview approves quotes on Topeka Elementary work

The Westview School Board approved API Construction to do the excavating and paving work on the parking lot project at Topeka Elementary School. API had the low quote of $251,360 for the base bid.

Beer and Slabaugh, Inc. also submitted a quote of $268,150.

The board approved two alternatives to the base bid. The first was to seal coat and stripe the west parking lot for $1,885. The second was to furnish and install two 8 ft. basketball goals in the west parking lot.

The board turned down two alternate bids for reconstructing the paved playground area and to install four 10 ft. basketball goals. Reconstructing the paved playground area would have provided additional overflow parking. The project already included resurfacing of that area, but would not allow for parking.

A fifth alternative to construct the crosswalks in concrete was also turned down.

The board also approved Miller Excavating for the demolition of the house on the lot to the north of the school for $9,350, along with all salvage rights to the building. The board was told that an inspection of the house showed that there was not enough salvageable material to justify an auction for materials.

In other business:

The board approved a recommendation to work with Barton, Coe and Vilamaa to get the estimated cost to do the initial design work on a fitness center for the district.

The board was told that only three students in the district will need to retake the IREAD test. The district saw 98 percent of its 3rd graders, including exemptions, pass the state reading test. The test determines if students are reading at grade level and, if they are unable to pass the retest, can be held back. The board was told that Westview would still promote the students to the 4th grade to allow them to remain with their classmates, but they would receive 3rd grade reading instruction until they pass IREAD.