Bid Proposals for School Improvements in Ohio County Exceed Estimates by More Than $200,000

The first of six rounds of bid proposals are in for Ohio County Schools construction projects, and they came in at least $200,000 above expectations.

Board of Education members accepted the series of proposals for roof work and other construction at Elm Grove, Steenrod and Ritchie elementary schools during their meeting Monday night — but only if post-bid cost reductions are made.

Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones and Director of Maintenance and Transportation Brian Harto said the numbers in the bids are only proposals and cannot yet be released.

But school officials and representatives of McKinley and Associates all indicated Monday the bids came in more than $200,000 over what was anticipated.

Harto did say the proposals would give the work to local contractors. Mansuetto Roofing would do the work at Elm Grove Elementary; Kalkreuth Roofing at Steenrod Elementary; and Walters Construction at Ritchie Elementary.

Harto and representatives of McKinkley attributed the higher cost to the need to expand the roof project at Ritchie Elementary, and the fact there were few bidders for the work.

“We have started to ask contractors why they didn’t bid on this project,” said Ernie Dellatorre, president of McKinley and Associates. “They have told us they were busy, and that they considered these small projects.”

The bid proposals also contained bids for work associated with plumbing, the paving of parking lots and fencing.

Jones also announced a deal has been reached to install new bleachers this summer at Triadelphia and Wheeling middle schools and Wheeling Park High School. The WPHS gymnasium already was slated to be closed from June to August as heating and air conditioning units are replaced at the school. Replacing the bleachers there this year while the gymnasium is closed will mean it won’t need to be closed again in the summer of 2020, Jones said.

When the bleachers are installed at the high school, about 100 seats at center court will have backs, according to Jones. The area under the bleachers also will be closed in, and the school’s logo placed on the sidewall.

The Huffman Co. of South Charleston will provide the bleachers for all the schools. The cost of the WPHS bleachers is $295,359; Wheeling Middle School, $64,996; and Triadelphia Middle School, $65,625.


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