BOONE, Iowa—In February, the Boone School Board authorized Superintendent Brad Manard to accept a bid of up to $50,000 for asbestos removal at Boone High School. The problem was finding a contractor to do the work quickly, while students were gone over spring break. Manard noted the district received bids from five contractors this week, however the low bid was actually $79,100, well over the authorized amount. Because of the difference, Manard indicated he felt the School Board should be involved with make the final decision on the project, which they did Friday morning in about five minutes.
Timing has been important on much of the High School construction project. A later start, weather and more have pushed the general contractor to come up with ways to speed up work, and asbestos removal while students are gone is one of those steps. Earlier, work began on portions of the 1955 addition in anticipation of moving the IT department in next summer. Manard has said some of these little things are helping to keep the project moving forward.