DOBSON — Surry County Schools is receiving bids over the next couple of days for one of several construction/paving projects in the works.
This week, the Board of Education heard status updates on some of the projects from Robert Draughn, director of plant operations.
Draughn said that Kim Lawson DPI Plan Operations, had completed specs and designs for the roofing work at North Surry and Gentry Middle schools. Draughn and Lawson had a pre-bid meeting at the school sites with some potential contractors.
The project is open for bids until 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The next board meeting will be Jan. 3, and Draughn and the county attorney will bring the bids before the board. Once the contract is awarded, Lawson will proceed with preparing the contract documents, Draughn said.
The tentative start date is March 1, with a 90-day completion time for the end of May. Getting the contract done before June 1 helps bookkeeping with closing out the year-end paperwork, Draughn pointed out to the board.
Cold weather has halted work on playground resurfacing. A few schools including Shoals and Westfield elementary schools already have gotten their playgrounds finished, Draughn noted.
When the spring comes, the work will continue on filling cracks, sealing surfaces and even installing a new playground surface at Mountain Park.
Those projects will get the district to the end of the school year. Then some work will take place inside the schools while children are on vacation.
Draughn said there are plans to repaint interior walls at Cedar Ridge, Copeland and Franklin elementary schools. Just like the roofing job, the director said he will take part in pre-bid meetings with contractors, then hold a bid session sometime in March. The board can approve a bidder in April with the job set to begin June 15.
While not all work has to be done by the end of July, Draughn said Aug. 1 is the “substantial completion date.” The schools want as much work done as possible so that the rooms can be put back in order before school starts three weeks later.
The school board met on Monday night. Draughn informed the board of a committee meeting that was set to take place on Friday concerning classroom furnishings.
The last major purchase of class furniture was in the 2009-10 budget when two schools were set to open, Draughn reminded the board. The central office constantly receives requests from schools about new desks, tables and chairs.
SCS established a committee to examine school needs and investigate solutions. An inventory survey showed that many of the middle school and high school classrooms still have ancient wooden desks from when the schools opened half a century ago.
Some furnishings vendors have come before the committee to showcase their wares. With changes in curriculum, the director said the teachers have stated they want more flexible furniture that is “collaborative-friendly.”
The meeting held on Friday was to review some of the recent requests and vendor presentations so that the committee can develop a replacement plan to bring before the school board.
• Longtime school board member Earlie Coe was a proud papa this week when his daughter received a recognition from the district.
Shannon Brettl has served as a speech language pathologist for more than a dozen years in the SCS system, said Chuck Graham, assistant superintendent. She is knowledgeable, effective, hardworking and trustworthy. She exhibits characteristics and skills that make her a natural leader among her peers.
“Mrs. Brettl has established a very positive, strong rapport with students, parents, and her colleagues,” said Graham. “She works extremely hard to differentiate and focus on each student’s specific IEP goals while they are working with her.
“She is also extremely nurturing and somehow makes children feel like they are the most important person in the world. Parents trust her and appreciate all her hard work, which is obvious in the progress made by their children. Finally, teachers respect and appreciate Mrs. Brettl’s expertise with students. Often teachers come to her for interventions and strategies to help students who are still struggling.”
For her efforts, Brettl has received the SCS Educator of Excellence Award.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.