School Board OKs two bid packs for bond projects

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan
Staff Writer
Brandon Twp. — During the regular Monday night board meeting, the Brandon Board of Education voted unanimously to award Saginaw-based Wolgast Corporation two bid packs for bond projects.
Bid pack four consists of two paving projects, and will cost $1,864,711. The first paving project will be the replacement of Goodman Drive, which is the driveway connection between Brandon High School and Brandon Middle School. This work will begin in the summer of 2024.
“The second component is Harvey-Swanson, the redo of the parking lot,” said Brian Smilnak, project architect. “The new plan will create a new bus loop that’s separate from the parent traffic. Right now they mingle and intermix, so this will separate the buses from the cars. The cars will now be along the front of the building where the buses now stack, those will now be the parent cars, which allows us to get more parents off of the street and into the parking lot.”
There will also be new fence guides put in to guide students across the parking lot, and 62 parking spots added. There will also be more light poles put in, and one of the tennis courts will be removed to allow for the extra spaces.
Bid pack five includes replacing some older metal exterior doors at the middle and high school, flooring replacement in classrooms and hallways at BMS, replacement of the pool roof, interior roof deck resurface and painting the walls of the pool area at BHS, as well as a new scoreboard and timing system at the pool. It will cost a total of $1,664,938.
“When we’re done in there with the new duct work, we’ll have a top to bottom remodel of the pool,” said Smilnak. “The new board will replace the original score board that is still in the building from when the building was actually built. It’s outdated and there’s no parts available.”
All projects will be paid for with current bond dollars.

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