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District rejects low bid for bleachers

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By David Giuliani

An out-of-state company was the low bidder for a contract for new bleachers at West Las Vegas High School’s gym, and the district had already awarded the contract.

Last week, however, the school board rescinded the low bid from the New York company because the firm came in with a change order right away to replace motors that open and close the bleachers at an added cost of $27,000, official said.

“Our architect Antonio Ortega (Ortega, Romero, Rodriguez Architects) hit the roof and after we talked, decided to re-bid the contract and be very specific that the motors would not be replaced. We only have a certain amount of money to do that and two different bleacher companies inspected the motors and said they didn’t have to be replaced,” Superintendent Jim Abreu said.

Abreu said replacing the 12 motors would have doubled the cost of the project. He said to be fair, the company that submitted the low bid was welcome to re-bid, but without the change order.

In another matter, Abreu told the school board the state Public Education Department is allocating $3 million to plan, design and construct pre-kindergarten classrooms statewide.

He said he received a letter from Secretary of Public Education Veronica Garcia awarding the district $767,038 to construct two permanent classrooms for pre-kindergarten serving the students at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School.