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Construction at Carroll County High School and Carroll County Intermediate School is a step closer to getting started.

During a meeting on the morning of Oct. 27, the Carroll County School Board approved the recommendation of Pinnacle Architects to accept base bids for the renovation and construction at the two schools as part of the Phase III project.

The Carroll County High School contract was awarded to New Atlantic Contracting at a cost of $6,759,000. Triad Builders of King (N.C.), which submitted the low bid of $5,349,000 for Carroll County Intermediate School, was accepted for that half of the construction job.

Once construction is completed, Carroll County High School will house students in grades 9 through 12 while CCIS will accommodate students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Woodlawn Middle School, which currently hosts most of the countys sixth and seventh grade students, would be closed for educational purposes.

The board also decided to put bids for an auxiliary gym at Carroll County High School out as a separate bid item.

Carroll County Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith said the auxiliary gym is necessary with the high school taking on an additional class of students.

What the board discussed was in line with the auxiliary gym. We feel that a component of the project that is desperately needed for the transition of the ninth grade students to the ninth grade site, Smith said. We are squeezing the budget to find room for that piece of the project. That facility would have a full-sized gym floor, bleachers for approximately 250 persons. It would have a smaller locker room facility, restroom facilities, two additional spaces for either classroom space or training, weightroom space, those kinds of programs. The purpose is to have the flexibility to use them for classroom space or training space. The wrestling room would also have a partition door for use as classrooms.

Smith said the cost of the auxiliary gym is in the scope of the project and shouldnt involve any additional funds. He said the hope is, by bidding it out again, smaller contractors might be able to jump in and make bids that they werent in position to make earlier.

The reason the architects feel this is a possibility is the size and scope of the project will allow for more bidders to compete, Smith said. The larger the project, the larger the bonding so some of the smaller contracting companies would not have the opportunity to bid on a larger project but they will have the opportunity to bid on a smaller project. The competition might result in better values for the school system.

Smith said he hoped bids would be in for the auxiliary gym later this fall or early in the winter.

Smith said a meeting was planned for Nov. 1 between school officials, members of the county administration, architects and contractors to discuss some of the scheduling and some of the intangible features of the project, such as the direct purchasing component.

Smith said in a months time, a schedule for construction should be in place, and he hoped, an accepted bid for the auxiliary gym.

Were still attempting to fit as many components of the larger design project into this smaller scale, Smith said. Its continuing to be an evolving project for us. We should have details in regard to the construction schedule and the final scope of the project within about 30 days.
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