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BOE OKs $1.2 million fix at Fairview
Board also renews natural gas contract
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A $1.2 million HVAC/roofing project for Fairview Elementary School has been approved, and Newton County Schools’ contract with its natural gas supplier has been renewed.

The Board of Education voted to accept both proposals at its May 14 board meeting.

The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to accept the low bid from Kevin Price General Contractors of Watkinsville, $1,221,490, for the Fairview Elementary School heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and roofing project.
Two other companies submitted bids for the project: A.M. Adams Building Corp., at $1,318,000; and C.P. Richards Construction Co. at $1,277,000.

The school system will pay for the HVAC and roofing project using capital funds from SPLOST, according to Jan Loomans, director of operational services for the NCSS.

Loomans said in 2012 all HVAC units and roofs that were more than 15 years old were evaluated for condition, estimated cost to replace, and ranking for time of replacement.

The condition of each HVAC system was evaluated by Spurlock and Associates, Consulting Engineers, and each roof by Reeves Consulting. It was determined that new HVAC units and roofing at Fairview Elementary School were critical needs.
In other business, the BOE also approved its annual renewable contract for natural gas with Gas South of Atlanta.
The effective date of the contract renewal will be June 1, with an expiration date of May 31, 2014. The estimated contract value is $60,000.

Loomans said the school system received six competitive bids, from Gas South, SCANA Energy, Georgia Natural Gas, Infinite Energy, Walton EMC and True Natural Gas.