The Eastport South Manor School District, due to an error in the published legal advertisement, had to request a second round of bids for steel repairs at the Eastport Elementary School to replace rusting support beams first discovered in February that forced six classes to relocate to portable classrooms.
In spite of the delay—the next round of bids is due today, Thursday, June 26, at 10 a.m.—district administrators are confident that the work can still be completed before school begins in September.
“During an inspection, they found that the steel support beams were rusting,” ESM Assistant Superintendent Richard Snyder said. “So, we relocated the kids for the time being.
“Luckily, we had the portables,” he added, referring to the units that, up until this past winter, had housed students prior to the grand opening of the Tuttle Avenue Elementary School, which sits almost directly behind the Eastport Elementary School.
The error in the legal advertisement was noticed by district officials after two companies submitted bids that came in $22,000 apart, according to Mr. Snyder. He explained that the original request also called for extensive electrical work, which is not the case.
“The intent of the bid was not to have the cost of an electrician [included],” he said, adding that the wording caused some confusion, forcing the district to request another round of bids.
According to Mr. Snyder, the error will not result in a delay in the steel replacement work. He added that the district has budgeted $500,000 for the job, though he does not expect the work to cost that much. The funding is set aside in the district’s capital projects fund, which currently has about $10 million in it.
The Board of Education is expected to hand out the winning bid soon.
“It has to be done over the summer,” Mr. Snyder said, referring to the steel installation. “The work will be done before September 1. There’s still plenty of time to get that type of work done before that deadline.”