The Commerce Board of Education could kick off the beginning of the construction of a new high school Monday.
The board meets at 7:00 p.m., and Superintendent James E. “Mac” McCoy hopes to have the contract ready for the construction of the “practice gym” behind the current school. That facility must be finished before the school board can begin construction of the new high school — a part of which will be on the site now occupied by the gym.
The problem is that the gym bid total came in about a half million higher than hoped.
“Honestly, I was hoping it would be in the $1.3-million, $1.4-million range,” said McCoy.
The full bid, including the brick veneer, came in at about $1.8 million. It was a compilation of about 18 bids on every aspect from the concrete to masonry, to door frames and installation of door frames. Each component attracted four to eight bids, according to the superintendent.
McCoy said the bid has been pared down to about $1.5 million, but won’t know the final figure until the project’s general contractor, Charles Black Construction, verifies that with the affected bidders.
Also in the Sept. 3 edition of The Commerce News:
•CHS SAT scores up by 32 points
•CHS boosts its ACT score