Under construction: BV board to solicit bids for site work on sports complex

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Construction on the new sports complex for the Berryville School District could soon be underway.

The Berryville School Board voted at its Monday meeting to put the site work package for the sports complex out to bid. Steve Elliott, president of Lewis Architects Engineers gave the board an update on the construction project, saying Nabholz Construction, the construction manager for the project, was ready to advertise for bids on the site work.

“I’m asking you to put it out to bid,” Elliott said. “If you say ‘go’ tonight, Nabholz is ready to advertise it tomorrow and will receive bids on Dec. 14. Their goal has been to start the dirt work right after the first of the year, which will allow you to finish the sports complex by football season.”

The plans for the site work are finished, he said, but it can be adjusted if needed.

“This is the actual grading package,” Elliott said. “Two things need to happen if you approve it tonight. Nabholz will have to advertise it, and we need to send a letter to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) asking to bid the site work early.”

The board also voted to approve a new policy for the annual school elections, stating that the elections will now be held in May to coincide with the primary election.

Superintendent Owen Powell said new legislation requires school districts’ elections to coincide with either the general election in November or the primary election in May. Both the Eureka Springs and Green Forest school boards voted to hold their elections in May, he said, so Berryville could split the cost

of holding elections with the other districts if its election was also in May.

The board also voted to have Ozarks Unlimited Resources (OUR) Educational Services Cooperative submit a waiver on behalf of Berryville to the Arkansas State Board of Education requesting the district’s start date for 2018-19 school year on Monday, Aug. 13.

“The way the law reads right now, we cannot start school before Aug. 20,” Powell said. “That is late for us to start, so I’m asking the board to approve this resolution so we can start as early as Aug. 13. I’m not saying we will start that early, but it gives us the opportunity to start earlier.”

Dr. Paul Hines, facilities, maintenance and transportation director, requested that the board purchase a new route school bus for the 2018-19 school year. Of the vendors he had reviewed, he said the best deal he found was a 2019 Blue Bird school bus for $95,862.

The board voted to approve the purchase of the new route school bus.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the Intermediate Cafetorium.

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