The Rockford School Board tonight approved major upgrades to Eisenhower Middle School that will improve traffic flow around the school. The work includes constructing a new bridge to complete a loop for school buses, reconstructing existing parking lots and roadways, and sidewalk improvements. The original bid included four alternates; the administration recommended two: Site lighting improvements – the installation of new light poles with LED fixtures and removal of the existing poles and foundations – and additional stream bank stabilization.
Four vendors submitted bids to do the work. Fischer Excavating Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder, and the board agreed to hire the firm for $1,483,643.25. Sjostrom & Sons, Inc., Stenstrom Excavation and Blacktop Group, and Martin & Company Excavating also submitted bids.
Funding for the project is captured in the 2013-14 budget for $1,270,200. The additional $213,443.25 will come from the capital plan contingency fund. Work is expected to begin next week and should be completed in August.
Also approved tonight: The board agreed to hire Richard L. Johnson Associates Inc. for $428,000 as architect for window replacement projects at Flinn, Kennedy, Lincoln and West middle schools, and at Washington Gifted Academy; also locker room remodeling projects at Auburn, East and Guilford high schools, and Flinn, Kennedy, Marshall and West middle schools.