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Tecumseh Board Accepts Bids On New School Farm


October 17, 2019

Tecumseh Public Schools’ agriculture education pigs are about to get a new home.

TPS Board of Education accepted bids on the new school farm and is preparing to finalize the cost for the construction. They discussed the bids at Monday’s regular meeting.

Seven companies entered bids for the construction with prices ranging from $228,245 to $658,966 base prices.

The lowest bidder, Gmann Custom Barns’ Darren Graumann, showed TPS Superintendent Tom Wilsie and board president Shawn Fleming around Tuttle High School’s farm building, which his company built a few years ago.

“I have no problems whatsoever with (Graumann’s) construction,” Fleming said. “(Tuttle’s farm) is a well-built building. He pays attention to detail.”

Wilsie said Graumann was an agriculture education teacher in Weatherford before starting Gmann, and THS agriculture teacher Dodge Nichols, who attended the board meeting, said that’s an asset.

“(Graumann) was an ag teacher. He’s a hog man. He’s going to know what we need,” Nichols said.

The school farm is one of the last things TPS plans to do as part of the 2017 bond issue.

Wilsie said they have $214,000 left of 2017 bond money, as well as $48,000 from the child nutrition fund and $50,000 from the half-cent sales tax that has been allocated for the farm project.

Wilsie said there are additional items they could have built as well, such as a canopy for a loading and unloading zone, a Dosatron water system and bays for extra pig pens, so the board tabled the motion to approve a bid so they could finalize with the bidders what the extra items would cost all together.

The board did approve other items:

• An agreement with the Tecumseh Youth League for the use of the new and old gymnasium for 2019-2020. “Things didn’t go as well as we’d hoped (last year), so this year we are going to have to make some adjustments,” Wilsie said. “When we have to go in and clean up after events and make repairs, something’s not working.” He said the repairs they had to make were minor, but TPS may utilize some of their own employees to supervise events.

• A resolution to the County Election Board for the annual election, which will include Todd Kennedy’s seat, Office 5, and Tim Underwood’s seat, Office 4.

• An agreement with the City of Tecumseh to provide a district resource officer for 2019-2020 school year.

• An increase of ten cents for adult breakfast and lunch rates. The increase is to follow Department of Agriculture guidelines. Wilsie said student meal prices will remain the same.

• A resignation request from district bus driver Shannon Jones.

• And a personnel hire of Cross Timbers teacher assistant/paraprofessional Robyn Davis.


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