Cherokee County school leaders are finally learning the cost of cleaning up mold at all 21 district schools.
7News has learned several contractors submitted bids for the H-VAC coil cleanup contract. Those were submitted just a week after school leaders were forced to extend the deadline, because no one bid on the project.
Now, it won’t be long before all Cherokee County schools have clean H-VAC fan coils.
“This is the last major [recommendation] [that] we want to see checked-off,” said Todd Hughes, Cherokee County Schools Director of Administrative Services.
In November of 2018, experts recommended 5 mold prevention methods. As of mid-February all but one have been implemented.
“There have been studies done [that] constant exposure to mold… it can affect your ability to learn,” Microbiologist Donnie Patterson told 7News.
The maintanance and cleanup of H-VAC unit fan coils hit a bump in the road when the district didn’t get any bites on the project contract. However, after extending the submission deadline school leaders finally got what they were waiting for on Thursday.
“As of right now, as of 12:20 p.m., we have 2 bidders on the project,” Hughes said.
7News has learned one bid was for $273,750 dollars and the other was for $1,017,500 dollars.
“We know this need is a safety and health concern, and we are going to make the funds available.” Hughes told 7News.
School administrators could not say why there was such a difference in cost, but say both submission are being carefully reviewed.
“We are excited that we’ve got some bids this time,” Hughes said. “We want to make sure that the coils get cleaned and get cleaned correctly.”
Now school leaders have to decide how to pay for the deal.
“To be specific as to how that will happen… I will have to talk to my Finance Director,” Hughes told 7News. “I know there’s different ways, but I know it’s an area of concern that we are definitely going to address.”
Hughes says a contract award could be made as soon as Friday. He says there’s a 10-day period, during which the losing bidder can contest. If all goes smoothly by the middle of March work could start on cleaning the H-VAC unit fan coils at all the schools.