Brookwood Middle School project manager search put on hold

2013-12-10T17:30:00Z 2013-12-10T20:19:06Z Brookwood Middle School project manager search put on holdDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 10, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The Brookwood District 167 School Board will wait to go to bid on a construction and project manager for building the new middle school, with the vote tabled at Monday's meeting.

"The board will have a special meeting where the next conversation will take place in more depth to allow them more time to talk about this particular topic," Superintendent Valorie Moore said.

The board voted at its November meeting to find a new architect to head construction of the new middle school. Planera and Associates, a firm headquartered in Olympia Fields, has been heading the new building plan to this point.

Moore clarified Planera's status with the district Monday.

"Brookwood School District 167's architect of record is Planera and Associates for all school projects except the new Brookwood Middle School construction project at this time," she said. "So that there's clarity, so that everyone understands, they are the architect of record for our school district."

Moore did not say why Planera was no longer in charge of the new middle school project.

The board also voted to go to bid for new food service for the 2014-15 school year.

Hickory Bend third-grader Andre Kellums gave officials something to think about when considering potential food service providers. Kellums presented the board with a petition, as part of his "Pizza Dipper Campaign," urging the board to officially declare Fridays as "Pizza Dipper Day" and serve his favorite cafeteria food for lunch.

"Almost all of our fellow students in the district love the pizza dippers very much," Kellums said. "We would like to formally propose that pizza dippers become the official lunch on Fridays for the remainder of the school year."

The board also voted to seek bids for heating and air conditioning repair services for the remainder of the school year. Those services are not contractual, Moore said, and district officials will see if they can be done at a lower cost.

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