ND locker rooms to get upgrade

FELCH — Work is expected to begin in June on almost $300,000 in renovations to the locker rooms at the North Dickinson County School.

The cost includes the $284,500 bid from J H Zawada Supply & Lumber Company of Niagara, Wis. — lowest among six seeking the contract — less a $4,650 deduction that was an option on the company’s offer.

Darrell Oman, director of support services, also recommended adding $16,781 as a 6 percent contingency fund to cover any unexpected cost overruns. The final amount the school board approved for the project was $296,641, which will be covered by the district’s sinking funds.

Work on installing the new fixtures in the boys, girls and coaches’ locker rooms could start by June 12 if classes end by June 6 as now scheduled, Oman said.

The board Monday also endorsed purchasing six new Lenovo laptop computers from CDW-G, at $872.80 each, for a total cost of $5,232. The computers are made available through the Regional Educational Media Center Association at a reduced price, Oman explained.

He said the laptops will come with Windows 10 Pro already installed, so should be usable with the district’s network.

In other business, the board:

— Heard more details about a potential collaboration that would allow North Dickinson students to take advanced courses at Kingsford High School and possibly Norway next fall. North Dickinson students have shown particular interest in a computer-aided design, or CAD, course available at Kingsford, said Superintendent/Principal Angel Inglese.

Students could use the voc ed bus for transportation to Kingsford. A popular culinary skills course at Norway has drawn some interest as well but logistically would be more difficult, Inglese said.

She and Mike Roell, director of finance, will meet with officials from the other districts to try to work out what might be possible, she said.

— Kept driver’s education fees this summer at $325 for North Dickinson students and $375 for those not enrolled in the district. About 27 students already have signed up for the class, Roell said.

— Decided to stay with Michigan Broadband Services for 100Mbps fiber internet service from July 1 through June 30, 2018, at a cost of $1,671 a month.

— Accepted DSTech of Escanaba’s low bid of $22,053.09 for wi-fi equipment and installation.

— Authorized hiring Jean Berry-Anderson on a part-time, as-needed basis to replace a custodian who plans to retire March 31.

— Were told that students in grades 9 through 11 will take either the SAT or M-STEP tests on April 11, with the seniors in the high school again using that time for mock interviews along with other area students at the Bay West college campus.