Construction of the Sulphur Springs High School tennis complex is expected to be complete in December, a Tandem Consulting representative told district trustees earlier this week.
Trustees gave approval to Don Roundtree for up to $75,000 to construct T canopies at the tennis complex. Roundtree was asked to rebid this part of the process to include canopies more durable than canvas covers as previously mentioned. He received three bids.
Roundtree said while the bids were less than that, he factored in a few thousand dollars extra to include those little extra costs that will be needed to finish out the project — including paint to match the other adjacent facilities across the parking lot.
There are two buildings, separated by a utility pole the canopies will cover.
Ground work is expected to take place the rest of the month, with concrete ready to pour Aug. 1. Building material should arrive on Aug. 7, with more tradesmen and crews coordinated to begin inside work. Overall, the project is expected to be completed by the end of December.
Trustees gave approval for construction of the T canopies at Monday night’s regular Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting.
They also approved a list of contractors that can be called on if needed during the school year to provide services at the set rate. Bids were sought for the various services. SSISD Maintenance and Grounds Director Dan Froneberger submitted his recommendations from those bids to the school board. Trustees approved those hourly contracted rates as follows:
- Carpenter — Sunbelt South Constructions, $55 per hour for the first employee and $40 per hour for the second employee;
- Electrician – Hudson Electric, $68 an hour first employee, $24 second employee
- Roofer — Sunbelt South Construction, $55 hour first; $40 second employees
- Welder — Sunbelt South Construction, $60 first, $40 second employees
- Irrigation — Four Seasons Landscaping, $106.25 first, $28.75 second employee; MS Landscaping, $65 first employee; Summerhouse Lawn and Garden, $70 first and $17 second employees.
No bids were submitted for plumbing services so no rates could be approved.
Trustees also approved rates for landscaping and mowing by campus.
Four Seasons Landscaping was approved to provide the services for a total of $6,425: Austin, Bowie, Lamar, Travis and Douglas campuses at a rate of $380 each for a total of $1,900; Sulphur Springs Elementary, including Forrest Gregg Field, for $1,040; SSHS, with no sports fields, $1,125; Sulphur Springs Middle School with no sports fields, $1,180; Early Childhood Learning Center, $1,180.
MS Landscaping was approved for a total of $4,555: $175 for Austin; Lamar, Travis and Douglas for $185 each for a total of $555; Bowie $275; ECLC $350; SSMS campus only, no sports fields, $750; SSHS with no sports fields but does include areas around the softball field and tennis courts for $1,200; and SSES, including Gregg Field, $1,250.
Also, a $250 rate was approved for Houston school campus if needed. Houston is on the maintenance schedule for regular mowing; it last was mowed about three weeks ago.
Board member Kerry Wright asked if the landscaping and lawn care bids mean the district was requesting rates so the services can be handled by an outside company instead of by school maintenance staff.
“They’ll be used on a strictly emergency basis,” Froneberger assured.
For instance, the maintenance and grounds director noted, those services could be called on if maintenance staff gets tied up helping get campuses ready for class and aren’t able to fulfill all of their usual landscaping and mowing duties before students begin reporting to their campuses for activities for the new school year.
“Appearance is important,” Froneberger said. “We’ll keep the bids on all of these so we can pick and choose and use them as needed.”
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