CCSD board to consider air system renovation

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will be asked to approve a bid to renovate sections of the heating and cooling system at Shiprock High School.

Members of the Shiprock High School JROTC practice Friday in front of the school's Chieftain Pit.

Board members could vote in favor of accepting a $2.3 million bid from FCI Constructors Inc. to replace the heating and evaporative air cooling system during a regular meeting on Tuesday in the Shiprock board room.

CCSD spokesman James Preminger said in an email that, once the project is completed, the entire school would utilize a new heating and air conditioning system. He added the system used in the Chieftain Pit will not be affected because that system already has been upgraded.

The project includes adding sprinklers to certain areas of the school. The existing sprinkler system remains operational and will not be replaced, Preminger said.

Additional work planned for the school includes renovating and remodeling the concession stand inside the Chieftain Pit.

Improvements to the heating and cooling system could be in the works at Shiprock High School.

If the bid is approved, work would start in the spring and be completed in February 2018, Preminger said.

The district would pay for the upgrades through the capital outlay fund designated for buildings, renovation and construction, he added.

"We're excited about having this work done," Preminger said in a telephone interview on Friday.

Similar work is planned for Kirtland Central High School, which would add a new heating and cooling system throughout the building, as well as install a sprinkler system in Bronco Arena.

The district did open the request for proposals process for the work but received only one bid, which was incomplete. So the process will reopen, Preminger said. Proposals for the project at Kirtland Central are due on March 9, he added.

Prior to the board meeting, the district will have an event to honor school board President Randy Manning, who is concluding 24 years of service on the board. Manning did not seek re-election for the District 1 seat in the Feb. 7 election.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Shiprock A-Gym inside the CCSD administration building in Shiprock.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.