West Delaware is pushing back the timeline of the district’s facilities improvement project.
The School Board met on Monday night to discuss the project, which includes renovations and additions to the district’s aging high school, middle school and Lambert Elementary buildings. Voters in the district approved a $20 million bond referendum to pay for the improvements in a special election last year.
Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey says they had hoped to work on the first phase of the project – which included the high school and middle school – this summer, but no mechanical bids came in for the project last week during the bid opening. So the Board has decided to move forward by re-posting the mechanical bids, with plans to open those bids on February 2nd and consider all bids for the project during a special board meeting on February 7th.
West Delaware will extend the timeline of the first phase of the project into December while school is in session. Rickey says they’ll make adjustments, such as moving a few classrooms at a time so crews can work within the space.
The second phase of the project – which includes Lambert – will take place next summer.