MSB accepts bids for major construction and rennovation projects

The Monticello School Board accepted bids on three building projects Monday during a special called lunch meeting.

Bobby Harper, District superintendent, said the board approved $1.6 million in bids from Nabholz Construction for the installation of artificial turf, new football dressing room facilities, and a new technology building for the district.

Harper said the exact cost of the three projects together will be $1,593,209.

Amounts broken down by $760,976 for the installation of turf for Hyatt field , $516,680f for the construction of a new technology building on campus, and a $315,619 construction of the fieldhouse/dressing room facility, which is also at Hyatt Field.

"(Our athletes) are using a building that's about 50 years old, and our guests are using the swimming pool building," Harper said.

The new dressing facilities will be for the Billies football players and the visiting teams will use the dressing rooms currently being used by the Billies' players.

The new technology building will house servers and other equipment for the district's Internet service and other technology needs.

Harper said the turf will be installed by Aug. 8, and the technology building will be completed by Aug. 22.

"It will be late September before the new dressing rooms are finished, but we will be able to utilize them some during the upcoming football season," Harper said.

He said the district decided to take advantage of low interest rates and refinanced some bonds, the savings of which will be used to fund these projects.

Harper said the district is ahead of schedule on capital projects allowing them to utilize this money for these projects.

"There are certain things we have to do according to our master plans," Harper said. "And, we are way ahead of schedule on that master plan."

He said the district is also looking at doing some paving work at the elementary school to get the cars off the streets during pick up and drop off as well as repairing the roof at the high school.

Other projects may be added to the list as needed.

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