Career Center board awards construction bids

LISBON – With several renovation projects slated to begin soon, the board at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center on Tuesday awarded four bids for the project.

The Career Center plans to renovate the science rooms, the restaurant, coffee shop, a small office and add exterior lighting to the parking lots and driveway.

Superintendent Chuck Adkins said he was happy with bids for the project, which came in 16 percent below the estimate. Additionally he was happy about the lowest bidders being local contractors.

J. Herbert Construction Co. of Salem was named the general contractor with a bid of $408,400. JP Plumbing of Lisbon received the plumbing contract with a bid of $119,000. The Conti Corp. of Lowellville was granted the HVAC contract with a bid of $439,520. Finally, Graft Electric of Columbiana received the electrical contract of $303,545.

In another matter, Adkins discussed with the board information about new state legislation being considered, which would change the way seats on Career Center boards are filled. Currently, each partner school in the county sends a member of its own school board to fill a seat on the board.

However, Adkins said proposed changes would cause the local boards to have to choose someone from their district, not on the school board, as a representative of the board.

“It would give people a say over tax dollars who are not elected officials,” Adkins said. “I have a problem with that. I see a lot of pitfalls.”

Adkins said he hopes legislators will study the idea longer before enacting it. He urged board members and others concerned to send e-mails to their state legislators.

Doug Lammert, the representative to the board from East Palestine, said he sent a letter already.

“I couldn’t see any difference between that and having the senators appointed,” Lammert said.

In other matters before the board:

– The board approved an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General’s office which will allow them to collect delinquent debt from adult education students who quit a program midway through the semester and then stop making their payments on the class.

– The board approved Jacob Clark as adult education diversified industrial training coordinator for a one-year contract. Carolyn McCune was approved for another one-year contract as the adult education LPN program coordinator. Additionally, a list of instructors and substitutes were improved for the upcoming school year.

– The board approved new policies. The policies were for evaluations of directors, administrators and standard based teacher evaluation. Adkins pointed out instructors at the career center are usually very motivated and insist administrators push them harder anyway.

– The board also approved an end of course exam for government class.

– The board accepted the donation of 55 gallons of foam from the Stratton Volunteer Fire Department, which will allow the fire extinguishers to be refilled in the public safety services program.