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Ripley awards school capital project bids

RIPLEY — Bids have been awarded for the upcoming Ripley Central School capital improvement project.

William Caldwell, district superintendent, said the meeting took place earlier that day and bids were awarded for various aspects of the project. The general contracting bid went to Perry Construction for $519,800; site work was awarded to Lakeshore Paving for $624,000; and Jamestown Roofing won the bid for roof work for $780,000. Plumbing was awarded to W. T. Spaeder for $83,500; Mollenberg-Betz won the contract for HVAC with a bid of $1,039,500; and the electric contract went to BECC for $182,900.

Caldwell said they also met with representatives of each of the subcontractors and went over the ground rules for the project.

“We talked about things such as when they can work and when they can’t and where the keys are — things they need to be aware of,” he said.

Work on the Capital Improvement Project will continue throughout the school year, Caldwell said. However, work on removing asbestos will begin immediately and the district hopes it will be completed by August 22, he said.

“Of course, you cannot be sure when dealing with construction issues,” he added.

In a related matter, the board authorized Caldwell to approve all change orders, up to $20,000 each, for the district’s 2021 capital project.

Regarding the district’s capital outlay project for the 2022-23 school year, the board approved several possible projects, including new air conditioning for the weight room, repair or replacement of the large gym floor, and a new walk-in freezer for the cafeteria.

“These improvements will not exceed the capital outlay limitation of $100,000,” Caldwell said.

In other business, board members approved the transportation of a Ripley student to Chautauqua Lake Central School for his sixth grade year. Michael Knight will be required to ride the regular high school bus and will not incur any additional cost to the district, Caldwell noted.

Board members also approved several personnel matters. they accepted a letter of resignation from Food Service Helper, Roseann Boozel and approved the probationary appointment of Jaimee Knight to the eight-hour per day, 198 days per year position of school nurse, effective July 22, 2022, and ending on July 13, 2023.

The board approved the appointment of Daryl Jones to the annual position of chief information officer and approved the confidential Contracts of Michelle Waters, director of curriculum and pupil services, effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026.

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