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Fort Dodge Middle School’s auditorium audio equipment will be replaced after the school board approved nearly $30,000 to replace aging and damaged equipment at Monday night’s meeting.

During the summer, the FDMS auditorium audio system “sort of exploded and stopped working,” Director of Secondary Education Kirsten Doebel told the council. The audio system was also aged, as it was original in the building constructed almost ten years ago.

Doebel received two offers for the replacement of the audio system. Audio Engineering Group, of Milford, submitted a bid for $48,500. RDI, also of Milford, submitted an offer of $29,846.48.

RDI installed original equipment for the FDMS auditorium, Doebel said.

The school board accepted RDI’s submission.

New audio equipment will be purchased from the Physical Facilities and Equipment Levy Fund.

In other business, the board approved a $7,058.19 change order for Fort Dodge Senior High’s HVAC system upgrades. The area of ​​the building around the gymnasium and the cafeteria is part of this project.

“When [the contractor] was draining our boiler system, the glycol going through that system was dirty, so they replaced it with new glycol to protect it from future clogs or mechanical failure,” Buildings and Grounds Manager Ryan Utley told the board.

The change order brings the cost of the project to nearly $2.9 million.

The school board also approved the eighth change order for the Cooper HVAC retrofit project. A computer fiber connection, speaker overhauls in the main hallway, and repairs to the domestic water shutoff add just over $20,000 to the $4.8 million project.

The computer fiber connection will connect two networks in the building, Utley said. The speakers in the main hallway had to be changed due to the lack of headroom in the ceiling, so they will be surface mounted on the ceiling.

When the City of Fort Dodge came to do their inspections, they found that the building’s domestic water shutoff valve was not working and needed to be repaired. This part of the change order cost $11,141.90 to cut a section of road, replace the valve, and repair the road.

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