Zionsville Community High School has set plans to begin construction on renovations and additions, but the decision on which masonry contractor to use has created some controversy.
There has been an outcry from Purdy Masonry Incorporated, which was looked over as the lowest bidder. According to a letter from Purdy's legal counsel to Zionsville Community Schools Superintendent Scott Robison, Purdy's bid was $325,000 while Masonry Inc.'s bid was $340,000. The letter, dated April 24, asked for an explanation to claims made at the March 10 ZCS Board of Trustees meeting stating the lowest bidder-- which had remained unnamed for a time -- was not a responsive or responsible bidder.
The letter also stated that Purdy had tried to reach out on April 9 to "request explanation from the Zionsville Community School Corporation as to the basis for its award," but received no reply. The letter further stated that Skillman Corporation, the project manager, was currently in litigation with Purdy, but that should not have been a "basis for disqualifying" Purdy.
ZCS attorney Nicole Kelsey explained the decision. She said the lowest bidder for this project was deemed not responsive or responsible based on previous issues with projects they had done. Kelsey also stated that although it is Indiana code to award the contractor with the lowest bid, other factors can prevent this from happening.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.