Thursday, February 18, 2010
County classroom additions go to bids
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall County School Board voted Tuesday of last week to move forward with the bidding process on classroom additions.
Architect Gary Bailey reviewed specifications for the projects and got the OK to advertise for bids, which will likely be published later in February or in early March.
“Everything is on go,” said Jerry Moore, deputy superintendent of education. “Construction will begin this spring - the target date is April.”
The board held its January meeting at Mary Reid School in Potts Camp.
Qualified School Construction Bonds, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will fund the construction projects. The $3,000,000 will be used for construction of six classrooms at Byhalia Elementary/Middle School, four classrooms at Byhalia High School, four classrooms at H.W. Byers, and four classrooms and a multi-purpose building for physical education classes at Mary Reid.
Classrooms at these schools are at full capacity according to Don Randolph, superintendent of education. The new construction will also provide space for growth in the future at all schools, he said.
School board members also addressed make-up days during the meeting last week. Students have missed five days this year due to the winter weather.
Moore said students will go to school on “snow days or holidays” already built into the calendar – April 16 and April 30. Board members will decide on the other three make-up days during their March 9 meeting.
Students and teachers in the county district got their scheduled holiday for President’s Day Monday.
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