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Snider High to use mobile classrooms

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board approved the leasing of mobile classrooms for Snider High School while the school receives construction upgrades.

The district opted to lease a total of 20 mobile classrooms instead of purchasing, a move that saved the district about $420,000, said Kathy Friend, chief financial officer for the district. The total cost for the bid was about $435,000, but does not include any transition costs such as hooking up the mobile classrooms to sewage lines or wireless networks.

The mobile units were previously used at another school district and are being refurbished for use at Snider. They will be in place for next school year and used through 2015, while the school receives about $5 million in upgrades.

The renovations and improvements are part of the district’s $119 million building project that was approved by voters last May. It includes basic upgrades and improvements to items like windows, heating and cooling systems and classroom infrastructure.

The mobile classrooms will be leased from Indianapolis-based Tyson Onsite, one of four companies that submitted proposals. Tyson’s price was the lowest. Just one local company, Hamilton Hunter Builders Inc., participated.

“This is one of those areas where you want to buy local, but you also want to protect the taxpayer,” board President Mark GiaQuinta said.

The units will be on the practice field on the south side of the school, between the track and Glenwood Park Elementary School, said Darren Hess, facilities director. The units will be connected to the school with a covered walkway and will include restrooms and allow for the use of technology inside the classrooms.