Living Sky School Division has voted to award two tenders for roofing contracts for two schools in the division.
The tender for the roofing project at McKitrick School was awarded to JR & Co. Group of Contractors at a recent meeting of the school board. Their low bid was for $607,545.18 and beat out five other bid submissions. The proposed start date is Jan. 20 and completion by May 31, 2020.
The other roofing contract was for Medstead Central School, and that was awarded to Clark Roofing (1964) Ltd. Their bid came in at a total cost of $887,032.08, with a proposed start date of Jan. 3 and completion May 31, 2020.
Both tenders carried unanimously.
Earlier in the meeting, trustees heard from Brad Ferguson who delivered his facilities report to the board. The intention for this school year is to replace roof sections 3 through 7 at McKitrick and 1, 2, 3 and7 at Medstead Central.
Other needs include boiler replacement at Spiritwood High School as well as minor maintenance at other schools, including replacement of outdated chair lifts at St. Vital School and the new Cut Knife Community School.
They are also doing a test run of sidewalks at Bready School using a new product called MGCrete.
The reason they are interested in the product is because there could be substantial cost savings. To replace a sidewalk in the school division averages $15.50 per square foot, but resurfacing with MGCrete is around $8.50/sq.ft.
Ferguson said they will try the product there for a year and see if it holds up to salt, water and the other elements.