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Humboldt school board awards $1.2 M parking lot bid

HUMBOLDT — A Fort Dodge construction company was awarded a nearly $1.2 million contract from the Humboldt Community School District on Monday evening.

Jensen Builders Ltd. was awarded the contract for the Humboldt High School parking lot replacement project for $1,194,000.

Interim Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the replacement project of the school’s west side parking lot, where most students park, was much needed.

“There was some deterioration,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of potholes and deterioration of the asphalt.”

Sherwood said he wasn’t sure on the age of the parking lot, but said it had served the district well “and it was time for an upgrade.”

Jensen Builders will begin work on the project on Monday and are scheduled to have the parking lot finished by Aug. 14, before the school year begins.

During the Monday meeting, the Humboldt Community School District Board of Education also approved a $12,580 purchase of safety equipment for football, softball and baseball.

Equipment includes helmets, shoulder pads, batting helmets and catcher’s equipment.

Sherwood said athletic safety equipment can be paid for through the district’s general fund through approval by the school board.

In other business, the school board approved a bid for the district to purchase 500 new Chromebooks, along with other technology items, from Sterling Computers and CDW-G for $162,328.53.

The 500 Chromebooks will be distributed to the district’s fifth and ninth graders in the fall.

The bid also included purchasing management licenses, carrying cases, charging carts, 47 laptops and 30 desktop computers.

“I think the challenge with COVID-19 is trying to get those orders in and get them here in a timely fashion for the start of the school year and being prepared for whatever learning model the district has to implement next fall,” Sherwood said.

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