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Carroll school projects ready to bid again

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Renovation and expansion scaled back to meet budget limits.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Final revisions to the phase III construction plan for Carroll high and intermediate schools are complete and the projects are being rebid. At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Carroll School Board heard from Pinnacle Architect’s Randy Baker that the bid specifications would soon be ready to advertise.
The goal of the construction project is to close the aging Woodlawn school. To do that, educators have to move those students to the intermediate school and the ninth grade to the high school to make room.
Baker listed the components that will be in the base bids and the alternates at the high and intermediate school.
The high school base bid will include the new administration area and entrance, the field house and the cafeteria. If the money holds out, it can be put towards alternate items — the heating and air conditioning system, water line replacements, the auxiliary gym and the new auto shop-horticulture building.
Have you prioritized the alternates? School Board Member Harold Golding asked.
“If I’m not mistaken, I think the auxiliary gym is the first alternate that we get, but depending on the prices, the board can elect any or all alternates,” the architect answered.
At the intermediate school, the base bid work includes the administration area and entrance, a classroom addition in the back and parking. The baseball and softball fields and air conditioning for the perimeter classrooms make up the alternates at the intermediate school, Baker said.
It’s up to the school board when to advertise the projects. The school board has already approved the scope of the project, so phase III can go out to bid at the county’s pleasure, Superintendent Greg Smith agreed. With permission, school officials will send it out after all the details have been put in place.
School Board Member Reginald Gardner wondered if there was a lot of interest in the project.
“As a matter of fact, we’ve had contractors that did not bid last time that will probably bid this time,” Baker said. “All the contractors that bid last time are still in the pot.”
A project the architects bid three weeks ago came back favorably, he said.