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Lincoln School to be leveled; bids awarded this week

Apr 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Bids were awarded Tuesday at the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees meeting for the demolition of Lincoln Elementary school.

The school, built in the 1950s, has been abandoned for several years, and no suitable use has been found for it.

District 25 director of maintenance Larry Hartwell recommended to board members that they award a contract to Schroeder Construction of Billings, Mont., for the asbestos removal at the school, which will be the first part of the demolition job.

After receiving seven bids, the board approved the recommendation for the amount of $66,300.

The bid of $278,373 from Precision Demolition of Mills was approved to demolish the school after the asbestos remediation is complete.

District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder said the demolition would begin June 1 and conclude by the end of the summer.

"The (Wyoming) Schools Facilities Department determined that Lincoln Elementary was no longer a viable solution to our capacity needs," Snyder said at the board meeting. "We now have approval from the state to have it taken down."

With the construction of Aspen Park Elementary, the building at 1304 E. Lincoln Ave. was abandoned and was not set for repairs by the district or interested buyers due to the high costs of renovating.

"We're glad to get that project moving forward," Snyder said.

The demolition plan comes amid work to expand other school properties in Riverton to get the district closer to compliance with a state rule requiring a student-to-teacher ratio of no more than 16:1 in elementary school classrooms.

Another bid approved Tuesday night was for work on School District's Tonkin Activities Building. The roofing project was awarded to Redd Roofing Company. The quote was for $34,584.

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