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Alcovy additions approved
50 classrooms, multiple labs to be constructed

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved a bid for the construction of a classroom addition to Alcovy High School during its monthly work session Tuesday night.

The board members unanimously approved Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley's recommendation to accept the low bid of $8,325,446 from Carroll Daniel Construction Company, which constructed South Salem Elementary School and Liberty Middle School.

The company gave the lowest quote out of nine bids, which ranged from $8,325,446 to $9,483,000. The school system plans to pay for the project through a state capital outlay application, SPLOST III and other local funding sources.

The two-story addition of 50 classrooms will include eight science labs, four computer labs and other multi-purpose classrooms, said Don Wood, construction projects manager for NCSS. The addition will be connected in front of and on the south side of the school gym.

He said work is expected to begin near the middle of November and is will take about 18 months to complete in order to be ready for occupancy by the start of the 2010-11 school year.

"It will take longer to construct this addition since it will be ongoing while school is in progress," Whatley said in his recommendation.

Wood said no displacement is expected with this project.

Over the summer, crews relocated fire and domestic water lines to prepare for the construction.

The board generally votes on recommendations during its regular session meeting, but the school system asked the board to vote during its work session so school officials and construction crews could get started as soon as possible, said Deborah Robertson, associate superintendent for administration at NCSS.