Final project in Berryville Schools building program given go-ahead by board

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

BERRYVILLE -- The final project in Berryville School's building program was given the go-ahead last week when school board members awarded a contract for concession stand construction.

The concession stand was part of the original plan, but was sidelined because of placement questions. When bids were let out, they came in well above the half million dollar mark.

The plans were redrawn to scale the project back, which eliminated a basement storage area.

When revised plans were put out for bid recently, Butch May Contractors came in as the low bidder with a base bid of $319,569 for a 2,000- square-foot concrete block facility with restrooms and concession area.

It is to be situated at an angle on the southwest corner of Bobcat Stadium.

Butch May was one of seven contractors bidding the job. The highest bid came in at $460,000 from General Building Corporation. Others who bid included Nabholz, CR Crawford, HDI Contractors, Milestone, and Greer.

The concession stand qualifies for state participation because of its restrooms. Doug Harris said he has a written commitment from the state saying it will contribute $143,000. "That is really close to the state's original commitment," he noted.

When discussing the Butch May bid, which architect Gary Jackson recommended after a review and reference checks, it was pointed out that the Harrison-based firm is small and well-known having built Community First Bank and Movie Gallery, both located in Berryville.

With the state's participation, the district is set to spend $176,569 on the concession stand, plus another $50,000 or so for sewer hookup, bringing the district's share to approximately $226,000.

Jackson said they would be connecting to a nearby sewer manhole, but would have to run a sewer line to College Avenue, by way of Linda Street (Bobcat Drive). He said if they hit rock, it should be shallow.

One other bid was awarded at the special school board meeting last Wednesday night. It went to Contractor's Universe for $9,100 in dirt work, temporary fencing and concrete labor to finish up around the new bleachers and in the parking area at the stadium.

The concrete, which will be purchased separately, will cost $7,900, bringing the project total to $17,000. This project, along with all other stadium improvement projects, will be funded with the half million dollars that has been generated so far from interest earned on a CD purchased with bond money shortly after voters approved a millage hike to fund school improvement projects.

In other school board business, Barbara Hadley was added to the substitute list, Brenda Fausett was hired as a cafeteria worker, an additional copier was added to the PBS contact, and the middle school was approved to sell School Partner cards.

The board also okayed Superintendent Dr. Randy Byrd's request that the certified salary schedule be changed to show his salary as negotiable, removing it from multiplier status, meaning he won't automatically get a raise.

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