The Saline Board of Education approved $1.6 million in bid packages and purchases at its March 14 meeting.
The majority of the money was awarded to Romulus-based Best Asphalt, Inc. The board awarded a $1,2850,000 contract for earthwork and asphalt paving. The board also approved $90,000 to Farmington Hills-based DTS Contract, Inc., for painting and wall covering.
“These are the last recommendations for this bid package,” said Mark Paulus, Project Manager for Clark Construction Company, which is managing construction for the Saline Area Schools district. “All of the projects will be ready to start by June 19. We have three months to get prepared and to get moving on the project. We’re looking forward to another construction summer season at Saline Area Schools.”
The board also approved spending $114,756 for a router, switches and blades from InaComp TSG.
“These purchases will support the summer project and increase network speed throughout the district,” said Janice Warner, Assistant Superintendent for Finance.
The remainder of the money is for “next generation” classrooms.
The board approved $60,727 to InaComp TSG for Chromebooks and charging carts, $24,677 to Apple, Inc., for iPad Minis, iPad Pros, and Apple Pencils, $17,782 to InaComp TSG for Samsung displays, $2,040 to CDW-G for Belkin store and charge stations, $3,970 to InaComp TSG for projectors and $693 for Justands (document cameras) from ipaddocumentcamera.com. The district is purchasing 260 Chromebooks, 46 iPad Minis, 11 iPad Pros, 10 Apple Pencils, 24 Samsung 48-inch displays and two 40-inch displays and 10 projectors.
In other Saline Board of Education news:
- Erin McWat has been hired as a special education teacher. She begins Aug. 28.
- The board approved the softball team’s April 2-8 trip to North Myrtle Beach.
- The board approved the April 20-21 video news production trip to Ferris State University. 20-30 students will attend.
- The board approved the May 19-21 Saline Debate and Forensics Team trips to Mackinac Island for a speech tournament. 20-30 students will attend.
- The board approved the April 3-7 girls soccer team trip to Destin Florida.
- The board approved the March 11-20 trip to Peru for the Global Leadership Summitt. Students Elise Santiz, Will Downey, Joe Singh and Riley Salowich attended, along with teacher Jen Denzin. Students were to be trained in design thinking and were to develop solutions to challenges facing global society.