The Tucumcari Municpal School Board voted to award a hefty construction and renovation contract to Wilson and Wilson Co., a Clovis-based construction firm, Tuesday afternoon. William Reents, Phd., Superintendent of Tucumcari Municipal Schools, said the contract is for phase one of a three–phase renovation process, and the amount of the winning bid was in excess of one million dollars.
“We were instructed by our construction supervisor to accept the lowest bid,” said Reents. “Wilson and Wilson offered the lowest bid at $1,396,770.” Reents said Tucumcari schools have dealt with officials from Wilson and Wilson before.
“Wilson and Wilson is an offshoot company of the same company that built our elementary school,” said Reents. “We have a very good working relationship with those people.” Sonia Raftery, executive assistant to the superintendent, said the Wilson and Wilson bid was nearly $180,000 lower than the next highest bid. “All the bids we accepted were higher than we expected,” said Raftery. “The price of steel and other construction materials is very high. We have a number of projects that will be completed during phase one but sadly we may have to delay replacing the windows at Tucumcari High School because the cost for the windows alone was $287,900.”
Some projects that are slated to be completed in coming months are new floors and a complete kitchen renovation at MESA cafeteria. Raftery said new doors will be installed at the cafeteria as well. “The cafeteria will also receive new furniture and a new roof,” said Raftery, “and the bandroom at the high school will receive new floors and carpeting.”
Raftery said the bid would have been awarded sooner but asbestos was found on tiles at the high school and the asbestos had to be removed before construction could begin.
Reents said the company which built the elementary school hired locals during the construction process but he did not know if Wilson and Wilson would be hiring locals.
Officials from Wilson and Wilson could not be reached for comment.