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OHP, Marker Elect to Part Ways Before Construction Phase of Building Project
OHP, Marker Elect to Part Ways Before Construction Phase of Building Project
Kelsey Webb
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education voted not to move forward with Marker, Inc. as the Construction Manager at Risk for the construction phase of the district’s building and renovation construction project during a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening. At the conclusion of the preconstruction phase, the contract between OHP and Marker provided for Marker to present a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Proposal for the cost of the project. The presentation included terms that would increase certain risks to OHP and impair the ability of OHP to effectively manage project costs. The contract allowed both parties to exit the contract before the construction phase and OHP and Marker elected to part ways.

Ohio Hi-Point’s priority has always been to safeguard the taxpayer funds entrusted to renovate the building. The Board determined, in the best interest of the district, to transition the delivery method of the project from construction manager at risk to general contracting. This transition can be achieved while keeping the project on track and on budget.

“Ohio Hi-Point has a long-standing relationship with Marker,” said OHP Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. “We appreciate their services provided and look forward to our continued partnership with Marker to offer students hands-on experiences through internships and our work-based learning program. We wish Marker success in its future endeavors.”

During the meeting, the Board recognized Angela Kep, a Cosmetology senior from Ridgemont High School, and Christian Au, an Outdoor Careers senior from Marysville High School, as the September Students of the Month.

The Board also approved the employment of Shennon Boyer (Anna), Cari Allison (Maplewood), Rochelle Conrad (Harrod) as substitute teachers effective September 24, 2020.

In other Board action:

·       Heard the Legislative Report from Legislative Liaison Paul McMahill (Mechanicsburg)

·       Approved the minutes of the Aug. 26, 2020 Board of Education meeting

·       Approved the August 2020 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances

·       Approved the Budget Commission Report

·       Adopted the Annual Appropriations for the period of July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021

·       Approved the donation of miscellaneous assets from the Early Childhood Education program to Logan County Head Start

·       Approved Salary Schedule Movement for approved staff members

·       Approved the internship agreements with BKR Enterprises, Inc (Huntsville), Born’s Tire Center (Kenton), and Meineke (Marysville)

·       Approved Tuition Reimbursement for an approved staff member

·       Approved new employment contract for a staff member

·       Approved textbooks as presented

The next scheduled Board of Education meeting is Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.