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The Longview School Board Monday night approved more than $625,000 in bids for a slate of construction projects to completed this summer.

The board also awarded Honeywell Building Solutions an emergency replacement bid of $134,000 for the air conditioner at Robert Gray Elementary. Superintendent Dan Zorn said the replacement would likely not be finished before the end of the school year.

R.A. Long High School’s science wing roof and Mark Morris High School’s shop roof will both receive overlays. Facilities Manager Troy Lomax explained that the bid actually came in much lower than expected because the district originally thought it would need to replace the roofs completely. Instead of paying $500,000 for the two roofs, the district will pay just $139,000.

“We’ll get the same amount of wear and durability out of it,” Lomax said.

The district also planned to spend $30,000 on fall protection, a system of hardware and devices to protect roofers. But the old roofs can’t accommodate the system, so it was removed from the the project list.

The board also awarded bids to:

  • Northwest Lift and Equipment to replace bus lifts ($314,415)
  • Hamer Electric to replace fire alarms at Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary School ($127,000)
  • Dave Bearson Construction Enterprises to replace the wheelchair lift at Memorial Stadium ($46,000)

Several other projects will be completed this summer, though they did not require board approval because they will be purchased by a state contract:

  • Cascade and Monticello middle schools will receive card access controls ($66,000)
  • Olympic Elementary will receive new lighting ($26,000)
  • The Mark Morris track will be resurfaced ($209,000)

Superintendent Zorn also briefly reviewed the data from staff, parent and student surveys. The district asks the groups to rate the district in several categories, such district support, cultural responsiveness, professional development, parent and community involvement and high standards.

Parent responses showed the most improvement in comparison to the past two years. Student responses were on par with the previous year. Teacher results were more mixed: five categories showed improvement and six experienced slight drops.

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