The Milbank School District Board of Education met in special session Tuesday, March 29, and voted to request a re-bid for the LED Lighting Retrofit project. “We need to be able to compare apples to apples so we can make the best decision possible,” stated Superintendent Tim Graf.
The project calls for replacing existing lights with LED lighting throughout the middle school and high school buildings. The move is projected to save the school district $45,000 a year in energy and maintenance savings.
The board received five bids at the end of February which ranged from $229,000 to $312,000. The board examined the bids and discovered the specifications for each bid was not the same. “They were not configured the same way and showed different lighting in certain areas,” explained Graf. “There were good ideas in all of them, but with the differences, it is hard to compare and decide which bid to accept.”
The board voted to reject all bids and asked for a re-bidding of the project using exact specifications. New bids will be due by Friday, April 15, at 3 p.m.
The board also approved the purchase of a Dodge Journey to replace the blue 2002 Suburban. The Suburban will be declared surplus. The last vehicle purchased by the district was in 2010. The purchase of the vehicle was included in this year’s capital outlay budget.
The resignation of Lindsey Keller as cheerleading advisor was accepted by the board. Keller agreed to fill the position last year with the understanding she did not want to continue indefinitely. “ I feel confident we will find someone to fill this position for next year,” said Graf.
The remainder of the meeting was held in executive session to continue work on negotiations and personnel issues. The next regular meeting of the Milbank Board of Education is set for Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Central Office board room.