With everything being “right for the picking” now to build, city schools superintendent Dr. James “Mac” McCoy has recommended that the school system seek bids to construct the new Commerce High School.
“Economic times are bad, but in one way it could be good for those of us who are trying to bid out construction jobs,” McCoy said at Monday night’s board of education (BOE) meeting.
The school board gave its blessing to proceed with that process.
“I think if we delay it any longer, it’s going to cost us more,” BOE member Bill Davis said.
According to those he’s talked to, McCoy said there’s currently a bidding war going on among construction companies hungry for work during the current economic downturn.
Still, McCoy warned that bids for a new CHS could run over budget, especially with an auxiliary gym in the plans and architect fees added in.
“If we need to trim, if we need to cut something or, lo and behold, have to redesign, then we’ll do so after we get our project costs,” McCoy said.
As for the school system’s current construction project, workers last week started pouring the concrete for sidewalks for a gym that will serve as a temporary home for the CHS basketball teams. They also installed a gas line over the weekend and hardwood floors are to be delivered this week.
A permanent gym will be built later during the new CHS construction, leaving this temporary gym as a practice facility.