Batavia to hold school groundbreaking

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Batavia Local School District officials announced May 19 that they will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school on June 4.

During the May 19 board meeting, Superintendent Jill Grubb said they are planning to have the ceremony at 9:15 a.m.

Grubb said that time will enable elementary school students to attend the ceremony.

School officials discussed having a groundbreaking ceremony before summer during their last board meeting on April 21.

Grubb said they have put the early site package for the new elementary school out to bid, and hope to have the bid opening May 29.

During the April 21 meeting, Jeffrey Williams, with Megen Construction Company, the company selected to oversee construction of the building, spoke with board members about the process.

Williams 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.

Batavia Treasurer Michael Ashmore said they will likely chose the lowest bidder for the early site package work, 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.

Grubb said the groundbreaking ceremony will include several speakers, an update about the building and the traditional groundbreaking activities.