Schools award $500K in contracts

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The Warwick School Committee approved more than $500,000 in budgeted and emergency awards during a special meeting on Thursday, July 27 at Pilgrim High School.

The committee voted in support of funding three emergency requests, including $22,500 to hire Saccoccio & Associates to conduct an architectural design of necessary work to hook up Warwick Veterans Junior High School up to the municipal sewer system; $14,500 to hire Eagle Cornice Co., Inc. to begin emergency roof repairs at Holliman Elementary School and $7,630 to repair one of the boilers at Vets.

The repairs to the boiler at Vets were originally projected to cost $5,000, but upon inspection additional repairs were found to be needed. The boilers will likely be needed for at least part of one more fall and winter season before the school’s comprehensive new HVAC system is totally up and running.

“We cannot take the chance and not have the boilers functioning in case that it’s not ready,” said Director of Buildings and Grounds for Warwick Public Schools Steve Gothberg.

A section of the roof above the main lobby at Holliman was found to be beyond simple repair, and the new work will be covered by a 15-year warranty.

Included in the budgeted awards was $219,540 to install voice-over internet phone (VOIP) systems throughout all schools, $83,015 over three years to hire the services of BlumShapiro to conduct an annual independent audit of the schools, $18,350 to supply power for 160 new Promethean Boards at Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools and funds to renew various programs and support for software.

Such programs included $58,161 in annual support costs for Alio Software, which allows the schools to go paperless with their accounting and human resources paperwork, saving time and thousands of dollars each year, and a yearly subscription to LRP Publications, worth $5,495, which provides a daily-updated newsletter of state and federal special education regulations.

In addition to the budget awards, the School Committee also welcomed a new bunch of educators, including Michelle Depot, the new principal at Francis Elementary School.

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