FLASH STAFF REPORT
STEPHENVILLE (June 13, 2016) — Slawson Roofing got the business it was seeking from Stephenville ISD after all.
Trustees picked the longtime Stephenville business to roof the SISD Administration Building and the much smaller concession stand at James T. Young Baseball Field.
The Slawsons learned they were disqualified from the first round of bidding because of a technicality. They addressed SISD trustees publicly at a school board meeting, which was later revealed to be a violation of the bidding policy.
That didn’t sit well with trustees, however, as they adamantly stressed their support of local business. Superintendent Matt Underwood represented then, and trustees agreed, that roofing bids should be awarded for the remaining campuses and structures in need, and re-opened the bidding of the administration building and baseball concession stand to give local businesses a shot.
There were only four trustees present for a called board meeting Monday comprised of a short list of action items, the hiring of a junior high principal (related story coming soon) and a budget work shop with the board and administrators steadily preparing the 2016-17 budget.
Board vice president Scott Osman presided over the meeting and was joined by board secretary Sherrie Evans and trustees Dr. Ed Dittfurth and Cole Gilliam Parks. They voted unanimously to approve Slawson’s bids on both projects, and the local roofing contractors maryland weren’t the only winner. SISD is saving about $50,000 total between the two jobs with Slawson under-bidding Anchor Roofing on both.
All the roofing, which has been needed since violent storms in May, 2015, is covered by insurance for SISD, which approved paying Slawson $117,110 to roof the administration building and $5,600 to roof the baseball concession stand. Anchor Roofing bid $172,000 for the administration building alone.
Underwood admitted he even toyed with the idea of having the baseball concession stand roofed as a student project.
“We investigated a little bit regarding the concession stand roofing and having that as an in-house student project,” the superintendent said. “But I think our insurance company had a problem with kids on the roof. They don’t mind us doing some things that way, but not when it comes to heights.
Both projects as well as all the roofing district wide is expected to be done by the beginning of the 2016-17 school year in August.