NEW BOSTON The New Boston School Board approved nearly $15 million in total bid contracts during a special school board meeting Wednesday evening, to finally begin construction on a new K-12 school building in the village.
The board approved contracts with RW Setterlin for general trades in the total amount of $10,399,000, Mechanical Construction for HVAC and plumbing contracts in the total amount of $2,748,200, Central Fire Protection for fire protection contract in the total amount of $137,727 and Accurate Electric Construction for electrical contract in the total amount of $1,640,800. The total cost of all contracts was $14,925,732.
I think everything gets heightened when we see (school construction projects at) Washington-Nile and Clay under-roof and doing very well. Its something weve waited a long time for, said New Boston School Superintendent Mike Staggs.
The school board purchased the land on Lakeview Avenue behind the New Boston Stadium in October 2008, and one month later voters approved a local tax levy to pay their local share of the new school construction. For more than a year, district officials were unable to agree with the Ohio School Facilities Commission on labor agreements, site features or even the site itself.
After finally coming to an agreement in 2010, the district began early site work in November to clear the land, and began accepting bids for the site package and general contractor packages in February.
The bids were opened March 16. Staggs said the district was very pleased to discover the bids were $153,000 below their construction budget and more than $2 million below what they were told to expect. After opening the bids, the contractors were interviewed by Staggs and the project construction manager from Hill International.
During their special meeting on Wednesday, the construction manager delivered his report to members of the school board and recommended that they enter contract with the lowest bidders. He also told the board he would issue a Notice to Proceed to all of the contractors on Thursday.
Staggs said the district will have a public ground breaking ceremony April 19 at the site on Lakeview Avenue. The school will be complete in August 2012, in time for students to begin the 2012-13 school year.
This will be the first new school building in the Village of New Boston in nearly 100 years.