The building of the new high school was the issue discussed at the Viola School District's board meeting March 23 at 9 a.m.
Mike Caine from GAG Construction put together the lowest bids from construction companies and presented them to the school board for approval. Caine will be the work site supervisor at the school when construction begins.
Separate bids were made on earthwork, fencing, erecting the building, masonry, offices, waterproofing, doors, hardware and accessories, glass and glazing, drywall construction, painting, floor covering, epoxy flooring, polished flooring, laboratory equipment, plumbing, HVAC and electrical. The school will also have an extra allowance of $100,000 if one of the bids goes over the bidding total or if there are any unexpected costs.
Caine said he is comfortable with all the companies who made the lowest bids and the companies are certified to build.
"If they (the companies) can't do what I want them to do, I don't need them," he said. However, he went through the list of bidders and said all the companies are good. Caine said the reason why it takes so long to get the bids done is because he has to make sure those with the lowest bids have everything they need to get the job done and are certified to do the job.
The total price of phase one of the project is $2,121,108. When complete, the facility will cover 21,975 square feet. The price per square foot will be $97.
Superintendent John May said the school may or may not get stimulus money to help pay for some of the new building projects. "I've heard lots of stuff that I've heard different on (about the stimulus)," May said. He said he would know more about the stimulus money April 10 when Arkansas superintendents will meet in Little Rock.
The school has been able to save some money on automatic towel dispensers in restrooms. "A year before last we had enough (dispensers) given to us. It was a (program) that was going on at the time. When we did, they just went ahead and gave us what they thought we could use at the school. So we should have enough for the entire new school, as well," May said.
May said he received totals on telecommunications and networking for the new building. Voice data, cabling and equipment will cost $25,146.19. Network switches will cost $25,142.43. Intercom equipment will cost $25,779.85.
Surveillance equipment, which is not part of the bids, was also discussed during the board meeting. May said there is a possibility of installing security cameras. He said he has looked into several types of security systems and is continuing to do so.
The board unanimously approved the bids as prepared by GAG and the amount of money to spend on phase one of the project.
Caine said dirt work on the project will begin in about four to four and a half weeks.
The school will adjust parking for parents, faculty, staff and students as necessary as construction continues.