ECPPS awards roofing contract


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, March 1, 2019

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools officials Monday approved a bid for roofing repairs at three schools that’s nearly $110,000 less than what had been budgeted for the work.

ECPPS is replacing roofing at  H.L. Trigg Community School, Central Elementary School and P.W. Moore Elementary School.

Three companies submitted bids for the roofing work: Roof Engineering, which bid $465,326, nearly $110,000 below the $575,000 budgeted for the work; BIRS Inc., which bid $494,343; and Curtis Construction, which bid $499,620.

A motion by board member Pam Pureza to award the roofing contract to the low bidder, Roof Engineering, passed unanimously.

Roof Engineering plans to use a material manufactured by Tremco warrantied for 20 years in all three roofing projects.

Frankie Floyd, maintenance director for the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, told the Board of Education Monday night that he had hoped for a 10-year warranty — so getting double that number of years was a bonus.

The plan is to have all three roofing projects completed in the current budget year that ends in June, Floyd said.

Answering a question from board member Sheila Williams, Floyd said ECPPS has used Roof Engineering before and it’s a good company.

Floyd said the contractor will be able to start in May with any part of the project that will not disrupt classrooms. All other work will be done after classes end but still be completed by the June 30 end of the school district’s fiscal year, he said.

“They are well aware of that,” Floyd said, referring to Roof Engineering knowing it will need to schedule work so classes are not disturbed.

Williams asked Floyd to coordinate the work’s scheduling with interim Superintendent Joanne Sanders to ensure that classes are not disrupted. Some things could be disruptive that might not seem so to the contractor, and Sanders will be in a position to make sure that nothing happens to disturb classes, Williams said.

Floyd said the maintenance staff had coordinated a roofing project last year with school district administration for that reason, and would do so again.