CHEBOYGAN – On Monday, the Cheboygan Area Schools Board of Education authorized moving forward with a more than $ 475,000 project to completely update the science labs at Cheboygan High School.
Board trustee Roger Cronk said the district’s Transportation, Maintenance and Grounds Manager Steve Fleming had done a presentation to the board’s finance subcommittee regarding this project to upgrade two science labs.
“This money is coming out of the 2019 bond money,” Cronk said. “At $ 479,000, this doesn’t include the furniture, which Nancy (Spray) is working on the furniture.”
The furniture – including tables, chairs and desks – will not match up with the new equipment being placed in the renovated science labs, so will need to be replaced. Cheboygan High School Principal Nancy Spray will make the determination of which pieces of furniture will be the most practical and cost effective in those labs, and those are the pieces that will be purchased.
The finance subcommittee made the recommendation to the full board of education to approve the proposal to upgrade the science labs as it had been presented to them. The board voted unanimously to accept that recommendation and authorize the payment to the contractors.
When the bond was first passed, the school district wanted to replace much of the equipment in the high school science labs, as it was starting to age and needed to be upgraded for student use. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan for the district was to upgrade the labs during the summer months of 2020, while the students were on a summer break.
Cornerstone Architects put together the bid documents and put the project out for bids for the school district, but no bids were returned.
“The high school science labs is a bond project that has been put on hold for several years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of interest from contractors,” Fleming said.
Late last year, the district put the project back out for bids and were able to get responses to move forward with the project.
Grand Traverse Construction, out of Traverse City, will be starting the work to upgrade the labs in June, with a scheduled completion date of the middle of June.
“They will be fully updated with new lab equipment, tables, desks, visual display boards, plumbing and HVAC, electrical, flooring and painting,” said Fleming.
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