Three City of Vision elementary schools are getting facility upgrades after a school board vote.
Meeting for the fourth time in 22 days, with another meeting slated for this Monday afternoon, the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education convened for less than 30 minutes last Monday.
The agenda was short: basically, the five-member board quickly approved the minutes of their April 23 and April 26 meetings and OK’d the extension of auditing services provided by Accounting & Financial Solutions for another year.
The board took a little more time to listen to project overviews at three schools — Colinas del Norte, Rio Rancho and Martin Luther King Jr. elementaries — provided them by Michael Madrid, the district’s purchasing director. Each project included HVAC work, and assorted other projects, such as plumbing, electrical work, demolition and replacement.
Board members seemed surprised that only one vendor, Wizer Electric of Rio Rancho, had responded to provide work at CdN.
Although there was talk of putting the project out again for, hopefully, multiple bids, Chief Operations Officer Mike Baker said Wizer’s bid was well within budget and it would behoove the district to begin the project as soon as possible this summer to make it easier on students and staff when they return for the 2021-22 school year.
The work at Rio Rancho Elementary attracted two bidders; ESA Construction of Albuquerque was approved because of its “highest-ranked offer.”
And T.A. Cole & Sons of Albuquerque emerged from a field of five bidders and was selected to perform the work at MLK Jr. Elementary.
Madrid told board members all of the selected bidders had done satisfactory work for the district before.