The Bell County Board of Education continued discussions about facility projects during the regular meeting on Tuesday. The board approved a BG-1 for Bell Central modular units.
Title I Supervisor Jeff Saylor said they will be able to complete about 50 to 65 percent of the project during the summer. There will be a need to rotate classrooms from August to December in order for to take place in the phasing plan developed by RossTarrant Architects.
Saylor said two modular units will be leased. The units will be budgeted in the general fund.
The board also approved a few items in regards to the Yellow Creek renovation project. They approved a revised BG-1, a revised owner/architect agreement and an owner/construction manager agreement.
Blanton Coates with Codell Construction was also present at the meeting and discussed several important dates for the project. He said they were currently working to put together final budget numbers.
According to Coates, they are working to get the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) approval drawings and put them out to bid by the end of May. He also said he would like four weeks during the bid process to gather bidders.
Codell Construction is looking at a potential bid date at the end of June and starting construction mid-July. The process would give Codell a 12-month construction schedule with a substantial completion date a month before Aug.15.
“We’re excited about being on board,” said Coates.
The board agreed to purchase the Rowland Chevrolet property to use as a bus complex. The motion was passed under the terms that no asbestos is in the building.
They also approved RossTarrant as the architects for the project. The architect will be designing fencing and roofing on all three buildings on the property.
Saylor said they are also looking at installing a roof hatch to provide easy access to the main building. There was a $400,000 limit placed on the project.
Since the board approved the purchase of the Rowland Chevrolet property, Saylor introduced the idea of declaring the Ward Chapel property as surplus. In the past, there were plans to use the property for a bus garage.
“We really don’t see a foreseeable use for that property in the future,” said Saylor.
Saylor said they were getting an appraisal on the property. The board decided to table the issue until the meeting next month.
In other action the board:
• Approved minutes from previous meetings;
• Approved a facilities request;
• Approved of BCHS/BCSC performance contract;
• Approved Bell County Little League lease of baseball field at old Lone Jack.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.