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Contractor exits Rye High contract

District will begin seeking new bids for the construction work

Pueblo County District 70 will seek new bids for the bond projects at Rye High School after the local contractor awarded the contract withdrew from the project.

The school board on Tuesday night accepted the withdrawal of Acorn Construction from the Rye High project.

The reason for the withdrawal was not released.

Acorn Construction was awarded the contracts last spring for the bond projects at Rye Elementary, Craver Middle and Rye High schools.

Acorn is nearing completion of the projects at Rye Elementary and Craver Middle. Those projects are not affected by the withdrawal.

Ryan Elarton, director of business services, said the district will immediately begin seeking new bids for the Rye High projects.

He said the rebidding process is not expected to delay the project as it is scheduled to begin in the spring.

Elarton said he will notify contractors who already have been pre-qualified for the project to resubmit bids.

A new contract is expected to be awarded at the board’s Nov. 6 meeting.

In other bond-related action, the board approved a contract for $88,450 for playground equipment at Desert Sage Elementary and a contract for $25,875 for furniture for the Avondale Elementary School library.

The board also received an update report on the bond projects.

Elarton said the majority of the phase I projects are either completed or nearing completion, including the football fields and all-weather tracks at Pueblo County, Pueblo West and Rye high schools.

Phase II projects are getting underway as scheduled, Elarton said.

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