Faculty district ditches synthetic turf subject contractor | St. Tammany group information

The St. Tammany Parish Faculty Board voted final week to terminate its contract with the corporate that was to put in synthetic turf fields at seven highschool stadiums.

Lafayette-based R.S. Bernard & Associates submitted the low bid of $4.834 million and commenced work this summer time at Covington, Fontainebleau, Northshore and Slidell excessive colleges. As of early December, nevertheless, solely Northshore Excessive’s subject is close to completion, with work on the observe nonetheless unfinished, in keeping with colleges Superintendent Frank Jabbia.

“The mission initially was scheduled to have all 4 fields accomplished by early fall,” Jabbia stated. “At the moment, just one subject is partially full. On account of an absence of progress within the mission, we felt it was essential to show this over to the bonding firm to greatest decide what must be finished to finish the fields.”

Retailers Nationwide Bonding, Inc. issued efficiency and cost bonds for the mission and can resolve find out how to full the undone development on the first 4 colleges, in addition to turf set up not but begun at Mandeville, Pearl River and Salmen excessive colleges.

The Faculty Board awarded T3 International Initiatives, of Baton Rouge, a $3.17 million contract for the civil website work at Mandeville’s, Pearl River’s and Salmen’s fields at its Dec. 9 assembly, as properly.

Bernard submitted by far the bottom bid among the many seven firms that vied for the contract to put in synthetic turf taking part in surfaces contained in the stadiums at seven of the parish’s eight public excessive colleges. There have been points with the bid in March, nevertheless, when the Faculty Board’s authorized crew stated the bid required contractors to have each main and specialty contracting licenses.

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At the moment, the attorneys stated officers with the State Licensing Board for Contractors confirmed that Bernard didn’t have the specialty license wanted to enter bidding for the work. They later stated that was an error, nevertheless, and Bernard did have the right licenses to make a bid.

Work started in late spring, however typical summer time rain, after which Hurricane Ida, hampered progress. The 4 groups whose fields have been beneath development have been pressured to play all video games on the street, a few of them at Lakeshore Excessive Faculty, the district’s latest highschool, which already had a man-made turf subject.

In different enterprise on Dec. 9, the Faculty Board signed off on a trio of main capital enchancment tasks — $12.84 million at Abney Elementary, $24.29 million at Fontainebleau Excessive and $5.07 million at Florida Avenue Elementary.

The Faculty Board additionally reelected Brandon Harrell as president and elected Ronald Bettencourtt vp. Matthew Greene was elected chair of the Human Sources and Training Committee and Michael Nation was voted chair of the Finance and Administrative Committee.

A portrait of former colleges Superintendent Trey Folse was unveiled on the Dec. 9 assembly, the fourth of 15 superintendents in district historical past to have a portrait positioned within the Faculty Board chambers, alongside former district leaders Cyprian Schoen, Lenny Monteleone and Gayle Sloan.

Folse’s household paid for the oil portray, which was created by Northshore Excessive proficient visible arts trainer Ryan Perea. Folse resigned from his place in 2020 to take a place as assistant superintendent of system relations with the Louisiana Division of Training.

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