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PHS project moves into site prep phase

Published 1:16pm Friday, June 14, 2013

Two school construction projects totaling more than $2.4 million were approved by the Morgan County Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

A low bid of $1,314. 250 was accepted from Woodward Construction and Design of Hartselle to do the mass grading, drainage and sanitary sewer work for the new Priceville High School.

The board also approved a $1.2 million budget to construct a six-classroom addition at West Morgan Elementary School.

Woodward’s bid came in $47,650 lower than a second low bid of $1,361,900, submitted by Baggette Construction of Decatur. Five other bids were received with the high being $2,100, 278.

Kevin Gunnison, senior construction manager for Volkert Inc. said Woodward would mobilize its equipment on site within the next 10 days and begin work within four to five weeks.

The project is subject to completion within 90 days from the starting date.

Bob Gray, a representative of Goodwin, Mills & Cawood Architects, said drawings for the classroom addition should be ready to put out for bids in July and the addition should be completed in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. said three temporary classrooms have been set up on campus and will be used until the new classroom is ready for occupancy.

Funding for the project will come from a $26.5 million bond issue, which was obtained earlier this year for the new Priceville High School.

Other actions taken by the board are listed as follows:

•Accepted low bid of $110,298 from Finchum Sports Floors for the replacement of the gym floor at West Morgan High School.

•Approved a request from Beverly Turner, cheerleader sponsor at Sparkman School, to use school facilities to host a UCA cheerleader camp from June 19 to June 21, 2013.

•Approved a request from Tony Drinkard to host the Brewer Baseball Camp June 24-25.

•Approved the math textbook Alabama Analytical Mathematics for use in Morgan County Schools.

•Approved a request from Gilmer Ellis to allow the boy’s basketball coaches and the school’s basketball team to use the school’s facilities to host a skills and fundamentals basketball camp July 23-26.

•Approved a contract for services with Chris Odom to serve as a summer school teacher at Priceville High School during the 2013 Morgan County Schools summer school.

•Approved a request from Scott Hurd to host the Danville Youth Football Association Skills Camp at the school’s football stadium July 22-26.

•Approved a contract for services with Christopher Haydn Blevins to provide the service of media driver and textbook processor on an as-needed basis, effective May 28 through Aug. 20, 2013, at the rate of $10 per hour.

•Approved a postage machine lease with Pitney Bowes for West Morgan Elementary School.

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