The process for renovations at Eastern Pulaski Schools took another step during Monday night’s School Board meeting.
Board members discussed, and approved, letting bids on the $14-million project. Bids are expected back sometime in March after an extensive design process. Eastern Pulaski Schools Superintendent Dan Foster says they don’t quite know how many firms will see the project.
“We know that interest has been expressed and basically, from what I’m hearing, mostly from Indiana,” says Foster. “Whether it’s South Bend, or Fort Wayne, or Indianapolis, but it does seem to be primarily focused on Indiana contractors.”
Construction is expected to take between 16 and 18 months.
To ensure the school corporation’s interests are also kept, the board also decided to contract with a Clerk of the Works. In the role, the contractor is expected to act on behalf of the school to ensure the construction process goes smoothly.
Foster says the hire is a bit of preventive medicine.
“We certainly don’t want to find out seven or eight years down the road that some corners were cut on us and we didn’t catch it and now we’ve got large problems down the road,” says Foster.
The board also reviewed the possibility of utilizing bond funds to improve lighting in the High School Auditorium.