Stage work bid accepted; VHS to get new phones with caller identification

Stage work bid accepted; VHS to get new phones with caller identification by M. Jill Karolevitz Secoa, from Champlain, MN, will install stage rigging, lights and curtains in the new auditorium at the Vermillion High School following action by the Vermillion School Board.

A bid of $108,770 by Secoa for the work was approved June 11, contingent on the company meeting specifications put forth by the architects. Four other bids were also read by the school board, but two were unacceptable: Omaha Stage Equipment ($177,137.73) because it was faxed, and Allied Theatre Crafts, Inc. ($101,460) because no lighting fixtures were included. Heartland Scenic Studio, Inc. ($155,779) and School Specialty ($151,415) came in too high.

By the June 25 school board meeting, Superintendent Robert Mayer had determined Secoa was the acceptable choice.

"I talked with the architect and Secoa meets the specs," he said. "This is the only type of work they do and I cannot think of any reason to refuse the bid."

Members of the school board agreed.

"They will be here in July to assess everything, and I'll discuss alternates with them," Mayer added.

Work continues at VHS, with painting now complete in the gym.

"Gregg Peters of Jones Food Center and Jim Brady at Ace Hardware furnished the paint," Mayer said. "And Clint Tucker and his crew from Precision Painting did the work. They did a nice job. People who have never been here before could walk in there now and think we have a brand new gym."

Remodeling and new construction will be complimented by a new telephone system at VHS. The school board approved the purchase June 25 from CBP Communications.

The update includes 12 lines, 48 stations and eight analog stations (for modem and fax lines), according to Jeff Backman of CBP. Features include a battery backup and caller identification, which the high school has never had before.

The new phone system will cost about $14,645, which includes installation and possibly two cordless phones for Principal Doug Tuetken and Assistant Principal Curt Cameron.

The current phone system at VHS was installed in 1986 by CBP and has never been upgraded. Its capacity is eight lines and 32 stations.

"The high school, by far, has the busiest phone system in the school district," Mayer said. "We're not looking at expanding it a lot, but it needs to be updated and caller identification is very important."

Funds to pay for the phone system will come from the building project contingency fund.

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