The board awarded a $3.6 million bid to Sandia Construction of Lubbock. In addition to Sandia's bid being the lowest, the company graded the highest on the scoring sheet by the building committee, consisting of members of the administration, school board and the engineering and architectural firm, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper.
Other companies submitting bids included Templeton Construction of San Angelo for $3.7 million; Pharr & Co. of Lubbock for $3.8 million; and Lee Lewis Construction of Lubbock for $4.1 million. In all, 10 companies bid on the project.
The home grandstands will seat 3,500 with 1,500 of those being chair-backs. Construction is projected to be completed by July 27.
The visitors' stands, which are currently under construction, will seat 1,500. Jay Wesson, SISD maintenance and operations supervisor, said Sandia Construction was the company that built the multipurpose facility and Lubbock Cooper's stadium.
"They were very competitive bids," added Parkhill, Smith & Cooper representative Les Burke. The style of brick will be the same as the concession stands and there will be concrete underneath the stands which will be well-lit, Burke said. The stands will have four entry- ways as well as being wheelchair accessible. An elevator to the press box is also part of the design.
The board met in the new Snyder High School cafeteria that will open after spring break. This will allow the district's food service company, Aramark, time to make the transition to the new cafeteria.
"Basically, it is ready to use," Wesson said. Chief Financial Officer Dr. Randy Burks said an open house would be held this spring for the community to view the facility.
Burks also said approximately 140 students currently eat on campus. However, to break even, 50 additional students would have to eat in the cafeteria. He said he felt that once students see the facility and the food selection available, those figures could be reached.
In the other action item, the board approved a request for the administration to apply for a waiver for days missed due to the city's water line break in December. School was dismissed early on Dec. 7 and no classes were held Dec. 8. Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown said if the Texas Education Agency does not grant the waiver, potential make-up dates are April 13, an early release day, and May 11, a bad weather day.