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NESC approves about $2.6M for safety upgrades, infrastructure improvements at schools

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After approval by its board of trustees, Northeast School Corp. will move forward with some of its planned renovations, particularly safety upgrades to its schools.

The board voted Tuesday to spend just under $2.6 million on the projects.

“Some of the other stuff, we’re thinking next year,” said NESC Superintendent Mark Baker.

The projects include repairs and replacements of bleachers at North Central High School and Northeast Elementary School; upgrades to windows and sidewalks at all schools; and remodeling vestibules to better funnel visitors to main offices and increase security.

The projects have undergone changes since the corporation initially let out for bids.

The renovations included in Tuesday’s meeting are only part of the original package in the bid. Originally, the plan was to complete all projects at once.

However, the corporation pushed back its initial due date for bids since it timed with the bidding process for the $50 million project at Indiana State University’s Hulman Center.

“The first bid opening we were supposed to have was on Nov. 6,” Baker said. “Nobody was really interested at that time, and they said, if we give them more time, after the big bid, so we moved it back to the 20th.”

Even after pushing the due date back, only one corporation, Terre Haute-based Hannig Construction Inc., submitted prices — which fell above NESC’s expectation and cutting back to the select renovations.

Next, the corporation will include working with architects and construction crews to begin the construction project.


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