The White County Board of Education awarded a $6.38 million bid Thursday night for its Bon De Croft School project.
School Board Member Jayson McDonald said the bid came in just over the $6 million budget established by the board.
“For me, it was lower than what I thought we were going to get,” McDonald said. “I was afraid with the economy the way it is, we would be in the eight to eight and a half million dollar bid. I was pleasantly surprised.”‘
McDonald said federal COVID money distributed to the school system will pay for the work. McDonald said the school system will likely have to use its reserve to pay the remaining cost.
“It’s going to be a good project, and we’re excited for those folks in Bon De Croft to be able to get their school updated,” McDonald said. “It is one of the oldest school in our system.”
McDonald said a total of three companies submitted a sealed bid. McDonald said the board approved W & O Construction to move forward with the work.
The near 20,000 square foot addition would connect the old school building with the gymnasium, create a new school entrance and add classroom space. McDonald said a start date will be determined once the contract to proceed is issued.