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A-R accepts bid to upgrade

By Staff | Apr 30, 2010

ARMSTRONG – In special session Thursday, the Armstrong-Ringsted School Board accepted a bid of $332,226 for major renovations to the Armstrong building.

Bob Becker Contracting was the winning bidder with a bid well below the $464,000 architect’s estimate.

The project will be funded through QZAB funding which will be repaid with the state penny sales tax.

“We’re using the state penny,” said Superintendent Randy Collins. “We’re not using a cent of property tax.”

Under the QZAB program, A-R received $1 million in funding and has to repay just $800,000.

The bid approved Thursday includes remodeling of the cafeteria, a new science lab, family and consumer science room, renovating a former science lab to general classroom use and replacing lockers in the high school.

“We were really happy with that (bid),” said Collins. “We attribute that (low bid) to the economy.”

A-R did technology and HVAC upgrades earlier with some of the QZAB money, and still has $170,000 remaining. “Actually we thought this project would take it all,” Collins said.

Collins said one place for the remaining money could be for science lab equipment.

“It’s going to be one of the best in the region,” Collins said.