The Warren County School System wants to purchase a large mobile STEM classroom in order to reach more children when the Mechatronics program expands into elementary schools.
“We brought this to you last month,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “We wanted time to compare the primary bid with the alternate bid. We feel like we need to go with the primary bid.”
The primary bid is for $116,431 and the classroom can be used to teach 30 students at one time. The alternate bid was for $106,686 and used for 20 students. Shipping and handling for either would be close to $4,000.
“We want the larger one because it will allow 10 more students,” said Cox. “It will allow 30 students to participate, rather than the alternate bid that just allowed for 20 students to participate. This is through a grant obtained by Tracy Risinger to expand the Mechatronics program we have at the high school down into the middle schools.”
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. A trailer containing the classroom will travel around to all elementary schools with 7-8 grade students. It will travel in rotation and each school will have a certain period of time the trailer will be at their school to introduce middle school students to STEM areas and introduce them to what classes they can take at the high school.
The school system went out for bids on a mobile classroom. Only one offer was received, which was from Learning Labs Inc.
Cox’s recommendation to go with the larger classroom was approved by county Financial Management Committee members, as well as Budget and Finance Committee members, on Thursday. The measure will be sent to the full Warren County Commission for its consideration and approval.