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Charles City Public Schools ink contract with ABM Solutions

By Andre Jones | December 15, 2020 10:08 pm

After six months of negotiations, Charles City Public Schools inked a contract with ABM Solutions during Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting.

The agreement will allow the two parties into a contract that will allow ABM Solutions to assist with repairs in the school while providing a cost savings. In June of this year, it was determined that the group could assist with $4.6 million in repairs to the school’s complex.

In June, former Charles City Public Schools superintendent David Gaston commented that the move was a result of a DECIDESMART study. He added that the move was an opportunity for schools to upgrade what will be a 28-year-old complex.

Request for Qualifications (RFQs) for the process led to the selection of ABM Solutions. The group went to perform an assessment, noting more than $8.1 million of repairs that needed to be addressed. The company recommended $4.6 million in projects that include replacing and upgrading HVAC systems, lighting, and electrical in the complex.

Schools are expected to save approximately $220,000 a year. The agreement spans over a 15-year period that will result in more than $5 million savings. Projects expected to begin in early 2021 include lighting upgrades, replacing boilers and water source pumps at the high school, security upgrades, HVAC upgrades, and replacing the high school’s track. In total, the move will save the school division up to $2 million in Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects over the next five years.

School board members approved the ABM Solutions Contract and the Prime Capital Financing Energy Performance Contract unanimously.