Jones Park Elementary bids exceed estimates by $1 million

June 18, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The two bids received Thursday afternoon for construction of the new Jones Park Elementary School were more than $1 million more than the estimated cost.

Superintendent Linda Hatter said the school board had hoped the bids would be less than $7.5 million. However, both bids were more than $8 million.

DW Wilburn Inc. of Lexington, submitted the lowest bid with a base bid of $8,268,000, plus five alternative bids. The company's alternative bids were $51,000, alternative 1, exterior canopy; $89,000, alternative 2, exterior canopy; $91,000, alternative 3, exterior canopy; $16,000, alternative 4, landscaping; and $26,000, alternative 5, roof.

Alliance Corp. had a base bid of $8,766,600, plus five alternatives, listed in the same order as above: $45,000, $60,000; $64,000; $16,500; and $27,000.


DW Wilburn also bid $100,000 for right of way construction, and Alliance bid $147,000.

Hatter said after talking with Larry Schwering of Lucas/Schwering Architects, Lexington, the board will have to look at different options for the school construction. "We're waiting for more information," she said.

Hatter also said if the state budget was in place, the school would have access to funding.

The county Board of Education will consider a contract for the school construction during a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the central office.

Bonds for the project will be sold June 25. The school board has agreed to issue $9,095,000 in special obligation bonds to provide funds to build the new school.

The school will be built on Ky. 70 East and will replace Middleburg and Garrett elementary schools. More than 500 students are expected to attend the school when it opens in 2005.year.

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