BAR HARBOR — The school board here accepted a $184,000 bid for the waterproofing of the south wall of the Emerson building of Conners Emerson School. The money will be drawn from funds allocated in the school’s budget to address vital repairs to the 85-year-old school.
This was one of the tasks flagged as a necessary project when the committee walked back a $6.4 million bond proposed for sweeping repairs in March. The council struck the bond from the budget proposal but increased the school’s budget by $350,000 to accommodate repairs.
The project will put a waterproofing rubber membrane on the south wall stretching all the way to the cafeteria, replacing soil and rerouting drainage to the opposite side of the building.
Design Group Collaborative architect Carla Haskell, who has been involved in cost estimates for school renovations and repairs, told the committee on Monday that two bids had been received since advertising for the project was started in late May. A $240,000 bid from Bangor-based Nichols Construction was not accepted, in favor of a bid from Jonesport-based King Construction.
The next phase of the project could be building an addition, or a complete rebuild of Conners Emerson. A process for reviewing options is planned to start next month. If the option requires a bond, it would need to be finalized by January 2019 for a 2019 town meeting vote.
“These are not bandaid [fixes],” school board Chair Kristi Losquadro said. “These are things that prepare us for the next phase.”