Construction Bid on New Ag Barn for ECCHS and ECMS Approved by Board of Education

August 29, 2014

Construction should begin soon on a new agriculture barn for the Elbert County Comprehensive High School and Elbert County Middle School.

Earlier this year, fire claimed the old barn that was located near the track at the high school campus.

Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell says they have moved through the bidding process, and covered in the bid was construction of the exterior of the building and building materials.

Kraft Construction was the low bid at $69,000.

Bell says the school district will be responsible for fully completing the structure.

“The district will be responsible for bathroom fixtures, plumbing, electrical site work, and interior construction”, explained Bell. “That is not included in the bid from Kraft Construction.”

Board Member PJo Phelps asked how the district was planning on completing work that could not be handled in house.

“We will contract with others, especially in the areas of electrical and plumbing, for items that we can not handle ourselves”, said Bell.

The total insurance policy payout for the old structure is going to be $35,000.

Chief Financial Officer Ben Childs says that payout will cover about 25 percent of the costs of the new building due to the other items and work that is going to have to be paid for by the school district.

A motion was made to accept the bid from Kraft Construction, which passed unanimously 4-0.

Board Member Keith Harper was not present at the called meeting.