Eventually, the single bid from Preachers Lawncare Inc. was accepted; the Anniston company has been maintaining the school grounds, non-contracted, for the past year.
In its meeting Thursday evening, the board voted unanimously to keep the school’s previous milk, equipment and floor maintenance vendors, but members were mainly concerned with the fact that only Preachers met the bid requirements for lawn care.
According to Superintendent Joan Frazier, six companies were contacted but only two responded to the bid requests.
Board member Mary Klinefelter said she did not agree with Preachers’ policy of having one set price for all of the schools in the area. Having worked in landscaping before, she had some doubts.
“I am concerned that we only have one bid and we have time to pursue other bid size and prices. I’d like to open it up to a whole lot more and have more bids,” she said.
Board member C.K. Huguley was also very surprised there was only one bid. She questioned whether the original bidding contract might have been hindering other companies and whether it had been changed.
Board members Bill Robison and William Hutchings both disagreed. Robison said that the board has approved contracts with only one bidder before and they should take advantage of the opportunity.
“We can’t make people make bids,” he said.
Hutchings added that the school has already seen firsthand what kind of services Preachers has done.
The board voted 3-2 to contract with Preachers. The board did not announce the price it's paying for the service and phone messages left with two school officials later in the evening were not returned.
In other business, the board:
· Rescheduled next month’s board meeting to June 13th at 5:30 p.m.
· A work session/special called meeting was set for May 30. Proposed discussion items include updates and a letter on when the middle school will be closed, sixth-grade bus routes and a mid-year transfer of the sixth-graders.
· Two field trips were approved for the summer holidays for basketball camp and band camp.
· The board approved training for three faculty members in specialized disciplinary procedures for students on May 30 and 31.