Troy BOE rejects high bids on capital projects

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Troy Board of Education declined Monday to award bids for a variety of capital projects on grounds that the bids were overpriced.

Superintendent Lee Hicks said that just one of the projects involving removing flooring had a bid price of $65,000.

“We’re not seeing the numbers of bids we’re used to,” Hicks said. “And these prices are for lock, stock and barrel. We can save money by doing some of this with our own people.”

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The capital projects that were bid out included renovations to the band room and gymnasium at Charles Henderson High School and the replacement of some air conditioning units and the sound system at Troy Elementary School.

Hicks said the school board could save money by buying air conditioning units themselves and trying to find local help to install them.

In other business, the board– minus Roxie Kitchens and Rhonda Pollard:

• Approved an $83,182.22 bid to lone bidder Birmingham Restaurant Supply, Inc. to furnish the cafeteria service lines.

• Approved a $25,300 bid to Information Technology Transport Solutions to upgrade the school’s network.

• Added a school bus to surplus with plans to use the money gained from auctioning it off to help finance the purchase of a new bus.