Goshen Schools readies for summer projects

GOSHEN — As the school year is beginning to wind down, Goshen Community Schools is gearing for a series of summer projects.

Goshen School Board members Monday gave initial approval of a preliminary resolution to authorize the issuance of a general obligation bond not to exceed $4 million.

This action follows a discussion from a previous meeting in which GCS Director of Finance Kelley Kitchen presented the board with a breakdown of projects the corporation plans to complete over the summer.

During Monday’s meeting Kitchen said the corporation plans to sell the bond sometime in July.

“We’re looking to do some of the work we talked about in the previous meeting, including some mechanical work, LED lighting, Chandler Phase 2, technology and infrastructure upgrades and various repairs throughout all of our corporate buildings,” Kitchen said.

Now that the preliminary resolution has been approved, GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth said at the next board meeting, May 29, there will be a hearing on the matter, and afterward, the board will vote on whether to finalize the bond issue plans.

In other news, the board:

Awarded the corporation’s copier/print services contract to Advanced Imaging of South Bend.

Kitchen said that a request for proposal contract was released in December of last year for copier/print services. She said three vendors responded by proposal deadline. Those vendors were the corporation’s current vendor Adams Remco, Advanced Imaging and Techknowledgey.

She added that the vendors were evaluated by a committee consisting of herself, Assistant Superintendent Alan Metcalfe, GCS Technology Director David Snyder and Accounting Specialist Jessica Wileman.

“Although all three vendors submitted proposals that would meet the needs of GCS, it is the recommendation of the committee that the proposal for copy/print services is awarded to Advanced Imaging,” Kitchen said. “Advanced Imaging was selected due to their service guarantee which includes loaner replacement, four-hour response time and no financial or service penalties for replacement of machines not meeting quality and specifications. Also, Advanced Imaging K-12 Indiana School References were stellar.”

Kitchen said the initial cost of the contract is $74,820 annually for maintenance and service plus the cost of copies.

“This price will be adjusted due to fewer machines as volume is reduced with the use of document management software and further evaluation,” she said. “After the proposal award, GCS will proceed with the issuance of leasing agreement and installation and training during the summer of 2018.”

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