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UPDATE ON CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOL-RENOVATION PROJECTS AT LAST NIGHT’S BOARD OF ED MEETING

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At last night’s Cumberland County Board of Education meeting, architect Kim Chamberlin of Upland Design Group presented a status report on several school projects. A pre-construction meeting about the CCHS football-field project was due to convene this morning; work is officially set to begin Monday (April 30, 2018). “We’ll see work on that starting soon,” Chamberlin said. However, with the recent spate of wet weather, the actual work could be delayed a few days. “The field, earthwork, drainage lines [phases of the project] are weather sensitive.” Approval of $1,500 for environmental permitting passed unanimously. Bids for the stadium project are due Tuesday, May 22.

Drawings for the Crab Orchard Elementary School project are complete and have been submitted to the fire marshal’s office. Bids are being sought and will be opened May 24 at 2 p.m. Environmental permits will be required because the project disturbs more than an acre of land. A motion to obtain the environmental permits passed unanimously.

Chamberlin recommended doing the CCHS reroofing project all at once, with the project being awarded as one contract. He suggested bids be opened in July, so the project would come in under next year’s budget.

The CCHS bathroom-renovation bids were opened Thursday afternoon (April 26, 2018). They expected the project to run about half a million dollars. The low bid came in at $293,000, from FTM Contracting in Cookeville. The Board unanimously approved acceptance of the low bidder to complete the project. A formal response from the contractor, accepting the renovation project, is expected sometime today (Friday, April 27, 2018).

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