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Joe Adelman, director of operations at McLean County Unit 5, presents bid projects, including reroofing Normal Community West High School, at a school board meeting Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the district office in Normal.

NORMAL — McLean County Unit 5 is preparing for several construction projects to keep its buildings up to date.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a bid from Henson Robinson Co. for reroofing and repairing walls at Normal Community West High School's athletic buildings. The contractor, which has installed roofs on several Unit 5 buildings, was the low bidder for the project at $153,370.

Henson Robinson also was approved to reroof Fox Creek Elementary with a low bid of $433,488 and reroofing the 1968 addition of Colene Hoose Elementary School and adding an upgrade to metal trim for $194,532.

Top Quality Roofing Co. secured the bid for the Parkside Junior High partial reroof project after previously installing three Unit 5 building roofs. The board voted to approve the company’s low bid of $545,400, which was $65,244 less than the second lowest bid amount.

Wilcox Electric and Services was approved for the Northpoint Elementary School fire alarm replacement project with a bid of $53,250. Wilcox, the low bidder, was the electrical subcontractor for the recent special-needs addition at Colene Hoose and the Oakdale Elementary School kitchen project.

The board voted to approve a bid for the Normal Community High School tennis court to be resurfaced over the summer by McLean County Asphalt Co. The base bid for the project is $285,788 with an additional $7,466 for Bakko brand practice backboards.

“We’re at a point where addressing that — we’re at a safety concern. It’s in that poor of condition,” said Mike Trask, vice president of the board.

All of these projects are within budget and were scheduled in the district’s 10-year plan, said Joe Adelman, director of operations for the Normal-based district.

According to the building permits, all six projects are expected to be finished by the end of summer.

At the meeting the board also introduced JoAnna Rewerts, who will take over as Unit 5 director of food and nutrition when Pat Powers retires in June 2020.

“I’m very excited to work with Pat over the next year to make sure I use her wealth of information and knowledge to continue to expand and focus on growth in the food service department for Unit 5,” Rewerts said.

Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.

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