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HILLSVILLE — Carroll school officials believe, after receiving the second round of Phase III bids last Thursday, that they can afford improvements to the high and intermediate facilities.
In the effort to close the aging Woodlawn School and add space to Carroll Intermediate and Carroll County High, Schools Superintendent Greg Smith seemed encouraged after the bids came in that the division could end up with the baseline work at both schools and one alternate at the high school.
The high school base bid included a new administration area and entrance, the field house and the cafeteria.
Possible alternate items at the high school consist of the heating and air conditioning system, water line replacements, an auxiliary gym and a new auto shop/horticulture building.
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.
These features represent a streamlining of the project after bids came in too high on a first round. Educators then decided to trim a proposed new wing, a “ninth grade academy,” from the high school plan.
Out of nine bids for different combinations for the intermediate and high schools separately and together, two apparent low bidders emerged on the base bids.
Triad Builders submitted a bid of $5.349 million for the work on the intermediate school, to be completed over 420 days.
New Atlantic Contracting submitted a bid of $6.759 million for the basic work at the high school, to be finished in 365 days.
The differences between high and low bidders seemed fairly close in many of the categories.
Bids for the base work at the intermediate school differed by only about $180,000, for example.
Proposals for the basic work at the high school ranged from the apparent low of $6.759 million to $7.3 million.
The total construction bids for the individual schools came in lower than those contractors submitted for working on both schools.
The bids on both schools together ranged from $12.649 to $13.6 million.
After the bid opening, Smith said the prices may open the door to one of the alternates at the high school.
Educators were looking at the auxiliary gym and the heating and air conditioning system upgrades at the high school.
“It looks like we may only be able to get one, and that is yet to be determined,” Smith said.
The school system can now negotiate with the apparent low bidders.
“We will know more after we negotiate with the successful bidders and contractors and the board will hear a presentation Oct. 17.”
The presentation will include recommendations from Pinnacle Architects, the superintendent said. The school board then will make decisions about the scope, budget, timeline and awarding the project.
“We’re being optimistic that the negotiations will go well with the contractors and the project will move forward as soon as possible,” Smith said.