NARRAGANSETT- The Narragansett School Committee voted 5-0 to approve the bid award for the Narragansett High School asbestos abatement of $9,450 during the school committee meeting Wednesday.
Director of Maintenance Gary Minett said the bid award was not only for the removal of the asbestos, but also for the removal of the current flooring. He said that the removal of the asbestos requires certain precautions because the process of removal is crucial to the safety of the students. The committee also approved the bid award of the amount of $7,225 for the Narragansett High School floor renovations.
Committee member Keith Ranaldi questioned if the amount of the abatement and floor removal was necessary and stated that it was an unfortunate expenditure.
“Here we are almost 10 years later paying less than what we were,” said Minett. “Yes it is, it is necessary.”
Although members did agree the price seemed high, Minett stated that the amount was necessary to complete the asbestos abatement process correctly.
“To be honest, I have heard horror stories about the asbestos abatement cost and this is actually low,” said school committee member Guy DeWardener. “It really isn’t that bad.”
The committee also voted to approve the bid award for the gym floor refinishing at Narragansett Elementary School and Narragansett Pier Middle School for the amount of $4,200. According to Minett, the gym floors are refinished yearly and are recommended to sand the floors every 15 years to restart the flooring process.
Other items on the agenda included the motion to approve the affirmation job placement transfers. The committee voted 4-1 to approve this motion, but Ranaldi stated that he voted against the replacement of the library media specialist position due to comments he had received from concerned members of the public.
“I have been getting calls, comments and concerns about who was in there now and there was a better student candidate in the public fields and what the public was saying is that there is a candidate better qualified for the position,” said Ranaldi. “In the future I do hope we can refine our policy for how we are reviewing these candidates and that it continues to be an ongoing development, but I had really strong cases of why one candidate was better than the other and I needed to vocalize that.”
The school committee will next meet for a special meeting on June 24 at 4 p.m. The next regular business meeting will be held on July 17 at 7 p.m.