School board awards bids
After the bids for the Velva Public School addition came in higher than expected, the Velva School Board and architects from Anderson, Wade & Whitty met in an attempt to find ways to bring the figures down.
The lowest combined bid for the project came in at $4,801,675, which would not be covered by the $4.4 million bond issue approved by the voters last fall.
As a result, the school board awarded the bid last week, with a change order deduct equal to $230,329.
While the bids are still approximately $200,000 over the bond issue, the revised plans include the renovation of the current study hall into two classrooms.
Superintendent Jeff Manley says this remodel was determined to be important to the school’s future.
“We needed to convert the study hall into classrooms as we look to the future,” he said. “The plan is to someday be completely out of the old school building.”