The Pueblo West View

D70 awards Rye project

Panel also approves furniture contract to complete several schools

Pueblo County District 70 awarded the bond projects at Rye High School to local contractor, Bassett Construction Co.

The board approved the bid at its board meeting Wednesday night.

The district originally had awarded the contract to Acorn Construction as part of a bid package that included work at Rye Elementary and Craver Middle schools.

Last month, Acorn withdrew from the high school project for unspecified reasons.

The district solicited bids again for the projects that are scheduled to begin early next year.

Acorn continues to be the contractor for the projects at Rye Elementary and Craver. Those projects are nearing completion.

In a related item, the school board approved a contract with Virco for furniture at Liberty Point International, Skyview Middle and Prairie Winds, Sierra Vista and Liberty Point elementary schools.

The furniture purchases are part of the bond projects being completed at each of those schools.

The contract for the five schools is not to exceed $296,115.

Wednesday’s meeting also was the last official meeting for board members Lynette Masters and David Valdez.

Masters and Valdez both are term-limited after serving two, four-year terms on the board.

Board member Michael Connolly, who is completing his first term on the board and did not seek re-election, also is leaving the board but was not at Wednesday’s meeting.

Newly elected board members Debbie Houghton, Mark Emery and Jill Deulen are expected to be sworn in at the Nov. 19 meeting.

The election results still must be certified before the new members can be seated.

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