R-IV School Board moves forward on athletic projects

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Cassville R-IV School Board approved two sports-related bids at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Board members voted to accept a $69,500 bid from Musco for an athletic field lighting project for the high school softball and soccer fields as well as a $40,365 bid for field house flooring. In both cases, the board voted to accept the lowest bid.

According to Superintendent Jim Orrell, Musco will supply eight metal poles, four for each field, as well as the wiring, ballasts, cross arms and light fixtures for each pole.

The only other company to bid on the lighting project was Universal Sports Lighting who submitted a bid of $74,000.

The board also advertised for bids on the labor required to set the poles and get them operational. Those bids came in too high, according to Orrell, and all bids were rejected.

"We plan to use a combination of Barry Electric and KAMO help along with R-IV personnel to complete the project," said Orrell.

The district hopes to have the lights in place by April or March at the new soccer and softball fields, which are located below the Wildcat baseball field. All three fields will now be lighted and served by a shared concession and restroom facility, which the district completed this summer.

The fieldhouse flooring bid attracted four different bidders. In addition to the low bid submitted by Kiefer Flooring, the board received bids from Hodge Flooring in the amount of $47,413, All Sports Enterprises in the amount of $55,880 and Sportexe in the amount of $81,050.

Orrell said the board opted to use a low-nap style of athletic turf in the fieldhouse, which could be used equally by sports teams and physical education classes. Once the fieldhouse is completed, the flooring can be laid. Orrell said he hopes to be using the facility by March.

The 13,000-square-foot fieldhouse has been under construction since this summer. Wehr Construction, LLC, is completing the $1,152,000 project, which will be utilized as a multipurpose facility with upstairs and downstairs locker rooms, offices, a physical therapy room, a meeting room, storage space and a large practice area.

In other business, the school board:

* Voted to employ Diana Cossairt, Sheri Epling, Savannah Essary, Cathy May and Greg Stringer as substitute teachers.

* Approved Davis, Lynn and Moots to conduct the 2008-09 school audit.

* Voted to advertise bids for two new school buses.

* Heard program evaluations on the district's communication arts program and foreign language program as presented by Telisha Padilla, Loura Etter and Michael Hall.

* Discussed the 2009-10 school calendar.

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