After voting to spend $35,000 above the lowest bid for new buses, the Dickson County School Board debated spending an additional $64,502 for a higher bid for roof work at nine campuses. The board had a motion and second to approve a $472,902 bid from B&B Roofing, despite a lower bid of $408,400 from Monolithic Systems. Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said B&B Roofing has been the school system’s roofing contractor for the last 10 years and that Maintenance and Transportation Director Gary Kimmons had told him there were some issues about payments and the financial status of Monolithic Systems, leading the director to recommend the higher B&B bid at Thursday night’s meeting. But a Monolithic Systems representative asked where the information about his company came from and said it has never been close to declaring bankruptcy and if there are questions about paying contractors the school system could pay them directly. After having opposed voting for the higher bus bids earlier in the night, board Chairman Tim Potter again questioned the wisdom of choosing a higher bid based on preference. “I’ve got to assume that due diligence has been done and it has been brought to me in a capacity that I can vote. If there’s unknown information, I can’t vote for a pig in a poke,” Potter said. The chairman said the board’s role is to be good stewards of the school system’s money and by accepting a higher bid for roof work the board would have spent almost $100,000 above lowest bids at Thursday night’s meeting. The debate led to the withdrawal of the motion to accept the higher bid and the board voted unanimously to postpone a decision until January to allow time to get more information on the reported financial problems and check references with other school systems that have been served by Monolithic Systems. The bids are for re-coating approximately 335,000 square feet of roof on buildings at Dickson Elementary, White Bluff Elementary, William James Middle, the Adult Education Center, Dickson Middle Sixth Grade Annex, Dickson County High School, Special Education office, Stuart-Burns Elementary and New Directions Academy.