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Misunderstanding leads to savings for school system
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Director of Schools Bobby Cox

A bid misunderstanding has created a savings of $1,390 for Warren County Schools when it comes to an agricultural barn.

Previously approved by the Warren County School Board and Warren County Commission was a bid of $68,800 from Summertown Metals to construct an ag barn at the high school. A second bid was submitted by Grissom Underground. 

“Summertown Metals was the winner of that,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “Grissom Underground questioned the bids so those were reviewed. We asked Summertown for clarification, but it declined.”

The review determined that Grissom Underground was the low bidder of $67,410 for a 64-foot by 60-foot building, including side extensions and a concrete floor. Its bid was $1,390 below that of Summertown. 

“It has been verified that Grissom was the low bid,” said Cox, who says the error is being laid at the doorstep of an Upland Design architect. “It was a deduction given to the architect that evidently didn’t make it onto the sheet when we voted on it. That’s what the clarification request was about.” 

The information was presented to School Board members last week followed by the county’s Financial Management on March 2. 

Both entities approved moving forward with the project under Grissom Underground.