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Auburn crew awarded bids for 2 schools

FWCS to get $14 million upgrade

One area company has been awarded two major projects that are part of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ $119 million building plan.

Auburn-based Fetters Construction Inc. was awarded nearly $14 million of work at Harrison Hill Elementary and Memorial Park Middle schools as part of a major building project approved by voters last year.

The projects are for interior upgrades, window replacements, heating and cooling system improvements as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing renovations.

FWCS board President Mark GiaQuinta disapproved giving both projects to the same construction company when Fetters’ bid for the work at Harrison Hill was just $15,000 less than that of the next lowest bidder.

“My problem is with giving both these jobs to the same company and their ability to perform both,” he said.

Director of Facilities Darren Hess said the facilities department felt comfortable with the timelines of the projects, which have deadlines seven months apart, and has confidence in the abilities of Fetters. He said the company specializes in construction work for K-12 schools.

GiaQuinta voted against Fetters’ bid for Harrison Hill, but the resolution passed 6-1.

Wayne Asphalt and Construction Co., Inc. was awarded $347,000 worth of asphalt work at Croninger Elementary School, which is also part of the building project.

FWCS chucks iPad mini purchase

The board also approved a change from a previous request from the district to purchase 1,600 Apple iPad minis. The district will instead purchase 660 full-size Apple iPads with Retina display to be used in seventh-grade language arts classes. Middle School Area Administrator Rita Turflinger said the district recommended the change because iPad minis cannot be used for assessments, such as the state standardized ISTEP+.

The devices cost about $316,000, to be funded through short-term loans.

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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