Batavia board moves forward on new school

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Batavia Local School District Board of Education members approved the early site package for the new elementary school during their April 21 meeting, and the project will soon go out to bid.

Treasurer Michael Ashmore introduced Jeffrey Williams with Megen Construction Company, the company selected to oversee construction of the building.

“I think we’ve been waiting for a while to build a school,” Williams said to board members and staff at the meeting.

Williams said they are ready to put the early site package out to bid.

He said the early site package consists of moving all the dirt, adjusting the grades on the property, completing underground utility work and the basic asphalt work.

“By doing that now we’ll have a good jump on the building in the spring,” Williams said about the site work.

Williams said they have estimated the costs of the work to be around $2.2 million.

He said they are about $50,000 over budget because of nearly $280,000 worth of soil work that will likely have to be done due to poor soil.

Ashmore said if board members approve the early site package they will go ahead and bid out the project.

“Hopefully the bids will be good enough to offset the $50,000,” Ashmore said.

Ashmore said they will likely chose the lowest bidder, but will have a chance to interview several of the lowest bidders after bids are submitted.

He said if the bids exceed 10 percent of the projected cost then they will have to re-bid the project.

Board members approved the early site package during the meeting.

“Hopefully we’ll see some bulldozers out there pushing dirt in June,” Williams said.

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