Calhoun school board awards contracts to repair fire damage
by Brian Anderson
Jul 18, 2013 | 3777 views |  0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Calhoun County Board of Education on Thursday awarded contracts to reconstruct and repair a fire-damaged building at Saks High School.

The board approved an agreement with Bill Whittaker Architecture to repair the building damaged by the fire. Estimated cost for the work is $634,500 with an engineering fee of $53,932.50. Dee Ingram, maintenance supervisor of Calhoun County Schools, said the fee is covered by insurance.

Board members also approved a contract with GKL Companies to repair and replace the damaged roof on the building at a cost of $125,779. Superintendent Joe Dyar said that money will come from the board’s capital expenditure funds.

Ingram said reconstruction at the school is expected to begin on Aug. 1.

Initially the board had hoped to circumvent certain bid procedures by declaring the school damage an emergency, but Dyar said state officials told the board it needed to follow all bidding procedures. Dyar said despite the hang-up, he expects no delays in the reconstruction process and said the school should be open in time for the start of classes on Aug. 19.

The main building of Saks High’s campus caught fire June 16, suffering damage to the second floor and the roof. The Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire began in a utility closet around 2 a.m. but was not discovered until maintenance workers arrived at the building around 7 a.m.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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