Lowndes County School District approves $2.5M in construction bids


Andrew Hazzard



The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees held a special session meeting Wednesday to approve bids for three construction efforts totaling $2.56 million.  


There were six bidders for the Caledonia Fieldhouse project, which was allotted $1.8 million from trustees, according to Joey Henderson with JBHM architects.  


Henderson said the low bid was Weather's Construction at $1,795,600. The Weather's bid comes with seven alternate additives, including lockers, lighting, practice field, LED lighting and a covered field area.  


Board president Jane Kilgore made a motion to accept the Weather's Bid and was seconded by Brian Clark. The motion passed 3-1, with Jacqueline Gray opposed. Trustee Bobby Barksdale was not present Wednesday.  


Henderson said the district received three bids for upgrades at the West Lowndes campus, which includes updates at the elementary school gym and a new weight room at the high school. 


LCSD budgeted $800,000 for campus updates in West Lowndes. There will be new awnings, fencing and signs throughout the grounds and new air conditioning in the elementary school gym.  


Henderson said Weather's Construction was the low bid for the upgrades at $738,100.  


Henderson said there would be $1.2 million in paving between the West Lowndes and Caledonia campuses while working on their respective master-plans.  


Clark moved to accept the bids and was seconded by Wesley Barret. The motion passed 3-1. Gray was opposed. 


Three bids for a new electronic sign at the Caledonia High School stadium came in over the $30,000 budgeted, Henderson said.  


The lowest bid came from Mid-South Sign, a local company, for $33,800.  


Clark motioned to accept the bid and Barret seconded. The motion passed 3-0 with Gray abstaining.  


The board declined to go into discussion about the location for the $11 million career-technical center Wednesday, electing to wait until Barksdale could join the board at next week's meeting.




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