Bids on new Casey school will be opened Thursday

June 15, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Work to get construction moving on the new Jones Park Elementary School is being pushed ahead to make sure things are in place before the 2004-2005 fiscal year begins July 1.

Bids for construction of the elementary school will be opened 3 p.m. Thursday at the central office.

Superintendent Linda Hatter said more than 13 bids from general contractors have been received for the project to be located on Ky. 70 East. Contracts will be awarded 6 p.m. Monday during a special board meeting.

Jones Park Elementary will consolidate two elementary schools - Garrett and Middleburg - and an enrollment of more than 500 students is expected when the facility opens for the 2005-2006 school year. The school will be located on 40 acres of land that once belonged to the Quince Jones family and was a place where families brought their children for picnics and games.

Two documents concerning the new school that are state mandated were approved Monday by the Casey County School District Finance Corp.


The corporation accepted an offer of assistance from the state School Facilities Construction Commission. Rosemary Woodruff of First Kentucky Securities presented the documents.

The board authorized and approved the execution of a contract, lease and option with the Casey County School District Finance Crop. and other necessary instruments, architectural plans for the building project, and a plan of financing the cost.

The corporation also agreed to issue $9,095,000 in special obligation bonds to provide funds to build the new school and agreed to lease the property to the school board.

Architect Larry Schwering of Lexington said a tremendous amount of interest in the new school project was shown during a prebid meeting last week. "After the bid opening Thursday, we'll see how things come in and proceed at that point," he said.

Schwering also said the middle school renovation project is complete. He said after the system is balanced, final inspection will be June 25.

The board approved $4,100 in change orders relating to the heating and air conditioning renovation project at the middle school.

Board member Mike Davis suggested carbon monoxide testing be done. He said a prior test show carbon monoxide was a little too high. The testing will be done after school starts in August.

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