He said a recent redesign caused the school to lose a few square feet, but it still will be 65,000 square foot.
The project will be advertised for bids within the next 30 to 60 days, Sweeney said.
A $5,300 bid from QORE Inc. to do a geotechnical exploration at Jones Park Elementary was approved.
On the advice of Rosemary Woodruff of First Kentucky Securities, which holds bonds on school property, the board also agreed to refinance a 1993 bond issue to save an estimated $33,000.
In other construction matters, the board approved a $97,771 payment to Doss and Horky in Danville for the middle school heating and air conditioning renovation.
Concerns expressed about losing nurses at Middleburg, Liberty
Concerns also were expressed about nurses at Middleburg and Liberty elementaries after the board learned that Lake Cumberland District Health Department will increase the cost. The cost will go from $3,000 per nurse to $10,000 per school for a registered nurse and $7,500 for a licensed practical nurse.
The board delayed action on the matter until the April meeting.
"Our nurse means a lot to us, and teachers and parents are concerned about losing her," said Liberty Principal Marcenia Brown. Her school has offered to put up $5,000 in instructional funds and hold fund-raisers to get additional money.
"If there is a problem, we have the nurse there to dispense medication," said Brown. "We feel conformable knowing a nurse is there. She takes care of physicals and immunizations, too."
Middleburg Principal Craig Griffin went along with Brown in the $5,000 offer to help pay a nurse. He said the school nurse has been a blessing for the children at the school who need assistance with their medication.
Pam Buis, who has a grandchild at the school, said without the nurse, her grandchild could not function at school.
"I'm very concerned about this," she said. "I realize there are financial problems, but we should never forfeit a child's health. It's a relief for parents to know a nurse is here. We just can't give up a school nurse."
Sweeney said the board will consider the concerns.