Accomack School Restrooms To Go Touch-Free

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By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools received a bid to install touchless bathroom fixtures throughout its schools, a project that was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be paid for by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act funding.

The winning bid of approximately $450,000 was submitted by Delmarva Veteran Builders, of Salisbury, Md., the same construction firm that did work at Kegotank Elementary School, constructing the gym and remodeling classrooms, Finance Director Beth Onley told the school board Aug. 2.

The firm will order all of the fixtures now and store them at its own expense in case prices increase before the project can be completed. The work will be done mostly next summer but also over the upcoming Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, when no students are in the school buildings.

The hands-free fixtures include nearly 320 toilet flush valves, more than 90 urinal flush valves, and about 280 faucets. Electric hand dryers were not included in the project.

The project is intended to cover all toilets, urinals, and sinks, including those in locker rooms and kindergarten classrooms.

The school board accepted the bid in a unanimous vote.

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