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Bids opened for construction

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CCS Supt. Kim Tucker
The Clay Community Schools (CCS) Board of Trustees opened bids Tuesday for Administration Building renovations.

CCS Business Manager Tim Gorman opened the bids for the four board members in attendance Tuesday.

Five companies submitted bids for the project, including CDI, Inc. (Terre Haute), Earl C. Rodgers and Associates (West Terre Haute), Evan and Ryan Electrical Contractors (Terre Haute), Hannig Construction (Terre Haute), and MSI Construction (Clinton, Ind.).

Base bids included the following:

* CDI, Inc. -- $418,000,

* Earl C. Rodgers and Associates -- $470,000,

* Evan and Ryan Electrical Contractors -- $506,632,

* Hannig Construction -- $419,900, and

* MSI Construction -- $467,000.

In addition to the opening of the bids, Gorman also explained alternate costs for specific materials each company provided.

Following the opening of the bids, CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker offered three recommendations to the board, stating they could either let her look over the numbers and make a determination as to which company to select, call another special meeting regarding the matter, or wait until the board's scheduled April meeting.

Tucker suggested the board give her authority to review the bids with the corporation's architect, MMS Architect and Engineers, Terre Haute, along with CCS Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger, in order to make a recommendation.

Board member Tina Heffner asked that Tucker check over the numbers and attempt to hire as many local help as possible before making any decision.

Board member Amy Burke Adams then motioned to allow Tucker to have the authority to review the bids and make a determination before entering an agreement with a selected company. The board voted unanimously, 4-0.

Board members Forrest Buell, Ron Scherb and Jennifer Kaelber were not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.

The corporation voted unanimously to purchase and renovate the old American Legion building, 1013 S. Forest Ave., Brazil, for $277,500, in August 2011.

The building is 8,280-square feet and sits on 1.34 acres. There are approximately 100 parking spaces in the parking lot.

The current administration building is located in Knightsville.

On Tuesday, Tucker added the corporation hoped to move administration into the new facility by July.

The board meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at the North Clay Middle School Media Center.

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Read the facts about CDI Corporation's business practices and ethics at http://www.cdicorp.info

-- Posted by BobStewart on Wed, Mar 21, 2012, at 4:01 PM

Mr.Stewart, I agree business practices and ethics are utmost. However, I'm certain the CDI web site reference is a different company than the one based out of Terre Haute. Also,the April school board meeting is at Clay City High School for anyone interested in coming.Thank you,Mrs.Heffner

-- Posted by Tina Heffner on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 4:59 PM

The link posted by Mr. Stewart is not about the local CDI, Inc. Please link to this (http://cdiinc.net/) if you want to read more about them. They constructed the chapel at Rose Hulman, buildings for ISU, IVY Tech, public schools, etc. They are a local company with a sound reputation.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 10:54 PM

Why is the School corp getting a brand new building ? What was the need?

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 11:57 PM

I read this story three times because I could not believe what I was reading. It appears the lowest bid the school corporation received was for $418,000.00 from CDI, Inc.. I distinctly remember when this property was purchased the superintendent stated the purchase price was $277,500 plus $300,000 to renovate the property to make it feasible to use as the new central office. I also recall an article in The Brazil Times published January 16, 2012 and I quote, "MMS Architects Steve Arnold and Jodi Goings announced Clay Community Schools will spend JUST LESS THAN $300,000 to renovate the soon to be CCS central office". Now folks I may not be a very good mathematician but according to my calculations the superintendent and architects missed their estimate by a whopping 28.3 percent. I am utterly amazed according to the article that no one even posed a question concerning the 28.3 percent increase over the original projection. Then to make matters worse the board delegated their resposibility to the superintendent to review the bids and enter into an agreement with the selected company. The superintendent the original person who stated we were only going to spend $300,000 is going to make the decision of who gets the job. I guess a $118,000 is not very much money to these board members and I can only surmize it is really easy to raise your hand when you are spending other peoples money.

-- Posted by Dwisewti on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 4:57 PM

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