The board also anticipates accepting bids for the K-8 building.
BELOIT -- The West Branch Board of Education met in special session Thursday at the high school to award bids for asbestos abatement, the first step in the renovation and construction of new buildings in the district.
Precision Environmental Co. of Independence, with a bid of $418,000, received the contract to remove asbestos from the high school building. Five companies bid on the project, and the Precision bid was the lowest one submitted.
"The company will start the asbestos removal in a few weeks in the high school gym area," superintendent Lou Ramunno said.
Named a top company
Precision Environmental, which focuses on demolition requiring highly specialized engineering and environmental expertise, as well as asbestos and lead abatement, was named one of the top five companies in the nation in asbestos and lead abatement by Engineering News-Record magazine, says the company's Web site.
In addition to asbestos removal, board members discussed having a work session to look over bids for the construction of a new kindergarten through eighth-grade building that will be south of the high school.
Construction manager Bob Dickman, of URS O'Brien Kreitzberg of Canfield, is evaluating the bids received for that project.
Treasurer Karen Elsner said as soon as board members have assessed the bids and discussed them with Dickman, the board would have a special meeting to award the construction bids.