PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield District 202 board approved a bid for water and air system testing at two schools, as well as renewing a food service contract.
The board on Monday unanimously approved a bid from Mechanical Test & Balance to perform water and air system testing and balancing for Plainfield East High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School for a total of $93,900.
According to the proposal from Paul Gonzalez, the district’s facilities director, the two schools have “experienced issues of questioned air temperatures and complaints of general poor operations of mechanical systems.”
“The work will produce engineered documented data and any correction made to the mechanical systems,” the proposal stated.
The testing and balancing at East will cost $73,900 and the work at Thomas Jefferson will cost $20,000.
Food service contract
The board unanimously also approved the 2017-18 food service contract with Aramark Educational Services for the 2017-18 school year at an increase of 2.3 percent that will be paid from budgeted funds.
The contract for food management services begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2018.
The original contract for Aramark began July 2014 and is now in its third cycle of renewal, according to the agreement.
Aramark had submitted a lower bid than the district’s previous longtime food services partner Sodexo at $5.6 million for the 2014-15 school year, according to the district’s website.
Last year, Aramark was one of three companies that submitted bids to provide custodial services when district officials considered outsourcing those services. The district and the support staff union came to an agreement that avoided outsourcing.