The Clover school board has awarded $48.4 million in contracts for the construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school, both to open in 2016.
The board approved a $29.7 million contract for the construction of a middle school on 125 acres on Barrett Road in the Clover area to Beam Construction Co. of Cherryville, N.C.
It also approved an $18.7 million contract for Clancy & Theys Construction, which has an office in Charlotte, to build an elementary school on 35 acres on Oakridge Road in Lake Wylie, across from Oakridge Middle School.
The two schools are part of a $99 million construction plan that includes five major projects, undertaken by the district after voters approved a $67 million bond package in March. The district is making a $32 million down payment on the construction.
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Superintendent Marc Sosne said the elementary school contract includes the option to add six classsrooms, increasing the capacity.
“It gives us more room to grow in the Lake Wylie area, which is where students are moving,” Sosne said. “The money was there, so the school board decided to go to 900 instead of 750 students.”
Board member Franklin Pendleton said the board also opted for larger schools in the construction of Larne Elementary and Oakridge Middle schools.
Construction plans call for a track at the new Lake Wylie elementary school, which was not available at adjacent Oakridge Middle because there wasn’t enough room, Pendleton said.
The approval of the two school construction contracts puts the district “right on target” in its budget, Sosne said.
Construction cost for the schools is $157 per square foot, which was about what the district’s construction manager, Cummings Construction, advised.
“Right now, on these two projects, we’re a little bit under what we budgeted,” Sosne said. The elementary school is about $500,000 under budget and the middle school is about $3 million under budget.
Under the terms of the bond, he said, the district could take on other construction projects, if it has money left over after the five major projects are complete.
Ken Love, assistant superintendent for business services, said the district has spent about $2.8 million on grading and architectural services for the elementary school and about $3.5 million on the same services for the middle school.
Remaining costs necessary to open the new schools will include furniture, fixtures, technology and other equipment, Love said.
The board last month approved a $3.1 million contract for renovations at Clover High School’s Memorial Stadium to Randolph and Son Builders, which is based in Pineville, N.C. Artificial turf already has been placed on the athletic fields at Clover High and Clover Middle schools and will be placed on the Memorial Stadium field during the renovation.
The district has about $32 million remaining of the $99 million it budgeted, Love said. Some of that money will pay for expenses to open the two new schools.
Bids have not yet been awarded for two of the five projects included in the construction plan.
One of those projects is a ninth-grade academy for Clover High School in the current Clover Middle building. The renovation costs were budgeted at $10 million and the new academy is to be open in 2017.
The second project, an aquatics and fitness center on S.C. 274 north of Crowders Creek Elementary School, will be operated in partnership with the Upper Palmetto YMCA. The cost of that project was estimated at $14 million, and it is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.