Marked Tree School Board accepts construction bids
The Marked Tree Board of Education reviewed bids for the constuction and renovation work to upgrade facilities during their regular meeting Monday night.
Superintendent Matt Wright said bid estimates a few months ago had come to around $9.5 million for the project. After the first three rounds of bids, Superintendent Wright said the new estimates had come in significantly lower and that the state wanted the district to build a new cafeteria as well. Wright said the current cafeteria is 65 years old and unsightly. "We could afford to build a new cafeteria, and now is a good chance to do that," Wright said. The new one will be able to seat 250 kids and would mean a new kitchen and equipment.
After reviewing the bids, Superintedent Wright made a recommendation that the board accept the low bids listed, including bids for a new cafeteria, which came to $9.6 million. Wright said that figure did not include architectural fees, which are 6.5 percent of the final cost, or special inspections, which will be around $50,000, but money had been set aside to try to account for these. The board accepted the bids. Wright said gas and lights at the high school, except for administration offices, would be shut off and that work would begin shortly.
Superintendent Wright also announced there would be a night next week to allow everyone to, "say goodbye to Marked Tree High and hello to new construction." This will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 23. Everyone will get a chance to come tour the high school building and take pictures one last time before the renovation begins. Additionally, it was announced that a Back to School Bash will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at Carver Park. There will be free hot dogs and games.