However, the proposals also must get approval from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen before being implemented.
The BOE approved the two bids and two purchases during a 3½-hour meeting Thursday during which the main focus was the recommendation of a $59.07 million operations budget.
The budget — which reinstates a proposed cut of six related arts Spanish teachers from the elementary schools — seeks more than $1.75 million in city funding, although $710,000 can be considered one-time, non-recurring and thus not be subject to the maintenance of effort requirements.
That would increase the city’s annual operational budget from the current $8.7 million to about $9.7 million.
The BOE also recommended a self-supporting food services budget of $2.96 million; a federal projects budget of almost $5.03 million, including almost $1.3 million in federal stimulus funding; a special projects budget of $1.39 million; and a five-year capital improvements plan that includes $3 million for a new Central Office facility in 2010-11 and $7.5 million for additional middle school classrooms in 2011-12.
The BOE on Thursday:
•Awarded a phone system contract to Black Box Network Services, which has an office in Johnson City. The board accepted its bid of $88,211.41 but funded it with an added 5 percent contingency, bringing the appropriation to $92,612.
Of that, $15,471 will be part of the cost of the phone system for the new John Adams Elementary to open this fall, and $72,741 will be for a core call management switch system located at Dobyns-Bennett High School but to serve the whole system. All told, the company bid just short of $299,000 on a four-phase system to be done over two or three fiscal years, with prices to be held at the bid level for two years.
•Awarded a contract for renovation of the Sevier Middle School band room and construction of a new entrance and storage area to Trademark Construction of Virginia. The winning bid of $505,400 for a 150-day project completion was funded with that amount plus a $30,350 contingency of 6 percent. The entrance work is $49,600 of the project.
•Recommended the purchase of a house at 1316 Summer St. near Lincoln Elementary for $77,000, compared to an appraisal of $75,000, and recommended the purchase of a house at 2210 Overlook Road near Jefferson Elementary for $63,000, compared to an appraisal of $60,000. Both are part of a series of land purchases near those two schools that may be used for parking or other school uses.