New high school: BV schools begin accepting construction bids
Nabholz Construction announced Monday at the Berryville School Board meeting that bids for the new high school and middle school construction projects are open.
Jeff Gattis, senior project manager with Nabholz Construction, said the high school and middle school construction projects have been put out to bid.
“We’ve had a lot of good feedback from subcontractors,” he said. “Bids will be sent in at the end of the month.”
Gattis said the bid openings will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, for the new high school and Thursday, Aug. 30, for the new middle school cafeteria and media center.
“We want the high school bid coming in first,” he said. “We try to get a minimum of three bids for every package, but there are some that are so special you can’t get that many. We want three bids at a minimum, but we’re aiming for six to eight.”
The school board voted at its December 2016 meeting to pursue construction of a new high school. The board decided on a plan involving the construction of a new 98,000-square-foot high school for grades 10 through 12 on the east campus, which contains the current middle and high schools; new 22,000-square-foot cafeterias for both the middle and high schools; and new 22,000-square-foot media centers for both the middle and high schools. The plan also includes renovating and converting the 1942 high school into an administration building.
Additionally, the plan involves the demolition of the middle school’s west wing, the media center, the cafeteria, the back of the 1942 high school and the small buildings around the campus.
At Monday’s meeting, Gattis also updated the board on the sports complex construction.
“The turf is complete and looks great. I hope everyone is pleased with it,” he said. “The running track is down, and we’ll move on to striping before too long. The home side bleachers and press box are up, and we’re finishing the dry wall on the field house. Everyone should have a place to change come game day.”
Gattis continued, “We’ve started the parking lot, so everyone should have a place to park as well come game day. The baseball fields are a work in progress.”
Superintendent Owen Powell updated the board on the Connect 4 program, which began classes at the Carroll County Career Center on Monday, Aug. 13.
“A lot of progress has been made in the last month,” he said. “It’s very impressive to go out there and look at it right now. The classrooms and welding center are complete. The amount of equipment and everything they have in there is awesome.”
He said the C4 board also voted last month to hire Jennifer Winkle as the administrative assistant for the program.
“We had a lot of interest in that job and conducted a lot of interviews,” Powell said. “I think Jennifer will do a great job.”
He said he expects interest in C4 to grow as high school students see the program in action this year.
Also at the meeting, the board voted to approve the 2018 Federal and State Categorical Budget, the replacement of a 20-ton heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit for the field house, student transfer requests and the Act 1599 employee disclosures.
At the beginning of the meeting, board president Chad Hipps asked that everyone take a moment of silence in honor of administrative assistant for the superintendent Mary Talley, who died on Friday, Aug. 10.
“The Berryville School District and the city of Berryville as a whole took a pretty big hit a couple of weeks ago with the loss of Mary Talley,” Hipps said. “She is truly going to be missed. She was a very large part of this school system.”
The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Intermediate Cafetorium.