April 20, 2010 10:12:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- Construction could begin by the end of the week on the new Oktibbeha County School District central office building in downtown Starkville.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a contract with Corinth-based Anco Construction to build the two story, 8,500-square-foot structure for approximately $1.75 million. As part of the contract, Anco has 330 days to complete the project.
The board initially opened bids for the project Feb. 1 but took them under advisement. The bids ranged from $2.18 million to $2.55 million.
Supervisors then voted to readvertise the project, calling the initial bids "too high."
Architects Pryor and Morrow, of Columbus, redesigned the project and contractors submitted new bids, with supervisors choosing Anco Monday as the lowest bidder.
When complete, the structure will house the school district''s administrative offices. It will be located at the site of the old county schools administration building and New Process Cleaners, next to Mugshots on Dr. D.L. Conner Drive.
Demolition on the two previous buildings took place throughout February and the lots, now just dirt, have been clear for weeks.
The school district moved out of the former education building after it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. County school officials currently use the Hudson''s Dirt Cheap building on Louisville Street as their central office.
interesting commented at 4/20/2010 1:21:00 PM:
so we have people losing their jobs. merging districts to save money, and yet we feel the need to build a building that is nearly 2 mil.
nice work on the use of assets
Starkvegan commented at 4/20/2010 2:35:00 PM:
Another article in the Dispatch says that Oktibbeha County Schools were explicitly named in a recommendation to merge with the SSD. Meanwhile, the OCSD is about to spend $1.75M (or > $200/sq ft) to build a new central office. So what happens if this new building is 75% complete and the state orders OCSD to merge with SSD? Shouldn't the OCSD put construction plans on hold until the current fiscal uncertainty is over?
Tax payer commented at 4/21/2010 7:28:00 AM:
This building is being paid for with Katrina funds, the old one was damaged during the hurricane and it took this long for the county to get everything between the insurance and Fed gov worked out.
This is not paid for by the school district The county has to provide the office space. The county is paying a very high price to rent the office at the old kroger, the payment on this building after insurance and Gov grants will be much less a year than they are spending now,
The State cannot as of yet force the districts to merge, so that will not be an issue, and if they did the building would return to the county gov and be put to use.
This in no way effects any Teaching Jobs.
1. Parents' complaints lead to investigation of CMSD special education department COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Students leaving CMSD at alarming rate COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. CMSD could look to other districts for success COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Local toy drives, fundraisers still short of goals COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY