Greens­boro El­e­men­tary ar­chi­tect con­tract awarded

Times-Record - - Front Page - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

DENTON — The Car­o­line County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion at its meet­ing Tues­day, April 3, voted to award Hord Co­plan Macht, Inc., a $2.1-mil­lion, multi-year con­tract to pro­vide ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices for the Greens­boro El­e­men­tary School re­place­ment project.

The Bal­ti­more-based firm also con­ducted a fea­si­bil­ity study and pro­vided the ed­u­ca­tional spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the project.

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices Mil­ton Nagel pro­posed award­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural con­tract to the firm, as he said the firm has proven to be very aware of the school sys­tem’s needs, fund­ing con­straints and dead­lines to this point.

The firm must also be ap­proved by the state’s pub­lic school con­struc­tion pro­gram, Nagel said.

Se­lect­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural firm is the next step in re­plac­ing the cur­rent school, an “open space” build­ing built in the 1970s and now suf­fer­ing from se­vere over­crowd­ing, with a new two-stor y school on the same site, that will pro­vide enough class­room space while be­ing more ef­fi­cient to op­er­ate and main­tain.

Once the new school is built, the old school will be de­mol­ished to make way for new park­ing lots, a bus loop and play­ing fields.

The en­tire project is ex­pected to cost about $46 mil­lion, the ma­jor­ity of which will be cov­ered by state funds. The rest will be paid for by the county.

Though the project is still wait­ing to hear if it is on the list to get plan­ning funds in the up­com­ing fis­cal year from the In­ter­a­gency on School Con­struc­tion, it must con­tinue to move forward to stay on track for a tar­geted com­ple­tion in sum­mer 2021.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, one of the mem­bers of the Board of Pub­lic Works, which must ap­prove the In­ter­a­gency Com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions, has al­ready said he strongly sup­ports the pro­posed new school. He also vis­ited the school in March to see first­hand the over­crowd­ing is­sues.

The fund­ing an­nounce­ment is ex­pected to be made later this spring.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot takes a tour with Car­o­line County of­fi­cials at Greens­boro El­e­men­tary School Mon­day, March 12, and ob­serves 10 por­ta­ble “learn­ing cot­tages” parked be­hind the school to make enough class­rooms to house 830 stu­dents in a school rated to hold about 650.

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