Marion Schools award $1.4 million for construction bids

March 16, 2017

By John Raffel

The Marion Board of Education approved various bond project bids to different companies during its board meeting on Tuesday.
The bid award on Tuesday totaled $1,433,000, superintendent Mort Meier said. “They touched on things for general trades, carpeting, flooring, plumbing, electrical side work, asphalt and paving, those kinds of things,” he said. “Those were the general areas.”

Voters approved the renovation project at a special bond issue election last May.

Meier said there were 22 contractors who submitted bids for the project. Six of the bids were awarded.

“Those were the lowest bids, by the way,” Meier said.

Chris Jackson Electric of Marion was awarded the electrical bid, Meier said.

The board heard a presentation from the districts’ IMPACT group during the meeting concerning a recent workshop that was attended.
“IMPACT is a group of students at the school who take on leadership roles,” Meier said.
Approval was given for the National Honor Society trip to Stratford, Ontario.

“Last year, our students went to Stratford on an overnight trip,” Meier said. “The board needs to approve overnight trips.”
Meier confirmed approval has been given for Marion to join the West Michigan D League starting with the 2018-19 school year.
“We are resigning our membership with the Highland Conference effective the same year,” Meier said. “We’re in the Highland one more year. But in football for eight-man, we won’t be playing in the Highland. Next year for varsity and junior varsity for basketball, we won’t play in the Highland. We’ll create our own independent (schedule) which will include some of the West Michigan D League Schools.”

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