The Boone Board of Education met Wednesday evening in special session to hold a public hearing on the Futures/Home School Assistance Program building project, as well as consider construction bids and E-rate ECF grant bids.

This construction project will be located on what is known as the “weed patch” (land at 215 W. 8th St. in Boone) and would also serve as the site to hold a partial gym for various community purposes.

There were no written comments from the public therefore the board voted unanimously to approve the bid of $4.8 million from the local R.H. Grabau Construction.

Superintendent Julie Trepa said this was the most favorable bid received and that construction will start fairly soon.

“Our hope is to break ground when the ground thaws” she said. “Hopefully sooner rather than later.”

The current site of Futures Alternative School is 727 W. Mamie Eisenhower Ave.

Director of Business Services Mitch Lewis said the district’s technology director Levi Baber applied for and received a Federal Commission’s Communications mission grant through E-rate for emergency connectivity, in the amount of $106,000.

“That’s past our billing threshold, so we did bids for those items,” Lewis told those in attendance.

Lewis said the bid was received from shi, a New Jersey-based technology firm, and accepted.

While Baber secured the grant, Trepa said the board still needed to vote to approve it because it was over the bid threshold. She said anything above $50,000 has to be board approved per the school board policy.

The board will meet again in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the high school library, with the meeting live-streamed on the BooneTV page.

For more information go online to Board Docs.

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Boone Board OKs Grabau Construction bid for Futures/HSAP project – Ames Tribune

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