December 4, 2020

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Bedford County supervisors table funding for school HVAC replacements | Education

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BEDFORD — The Bedford County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously moved to table appropriating...

BEDFORD — The Bedford County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously moved to table appropriating $1.6 million of county CARES Act funds meant to replace HVAC systems in two Bedford County public elementary schools.

Supervisors had concerns over discrepancies in project cost estimates provided by county school administration.

District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker said the estimated costs of HVAC replacement provided by the schools in January were significantly less than the amounts reviewed by supervisors Monday night.

The HVAC replacement estimate for Huddleston Elementary School presented in January was $336,600. On Monday, the estimate reviewed was $797,470, according to county documents.

Moneta Elementary School’s original HVAC replacement estimate in January was $148,500. The estimate reviewed Monday was $850,000, according to county documents.

Big Island Elementary School’s estimate in January was $337,500. The estimate presented Monday was $650,000, according to county documents.

Forest Elementary School’s HVAC replacement estimate began at $537,900 in January. On Monday, the estimate was $725,000, according to county documents.

“My concern is the huge difference in numbers, and the fact that we based those numbers on larger contracts with larger cities,” Parker said.

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