The Caldwell County Board of Education met in special session Monday night in the Butler Alumni Auditorium in downtown Princeton.

Board Chairman Mike Traylor called the meeting to order and led the board into a discussion about the revised BG-1 for the Area Technology Center Project, including approval of a contract for a contractor.

Craig Thomas from RBS Design Group addressed the board concerning the revised BG-1. There were two scenarios of the revised BG-1 that could be approved based on the approval of the lowest contractor bid from A&K Construction out of Paducah. The first scenario would include the Area Technology Center and only three alternatives for a construction cost of $5,335,800 plus various fees and costs including construction contingency, site survey, special inspections, test & balance, etc. for a total project cost of $6,220,000. The second scenario would include the Area Technology Center and all alternatives, a total of eight, which includes paving work done throughout the entire Caldwell County School Campus, for a construction cost of $5,909,300 plus various fees and costs for a total project cost of $6,855,000. Total bond allowance for Scenario 1 would be $4,665,000 while the bond allowance for Scenario 2 would be $5.3 million. Thomas recommended that the board go with Scenario 2 and include paving across the campus. The paving would include grating down to the dirt and building back up and was bid at a reasonable price for the amount of work to be done.

All figures were based on the lowest bid from A&K Construction which Thomas recommended the board go with based on experience with the contractor on previous assignments. After brief discussion a motion was made to approve the low bid with A&K Construction for $5,909,300 based on Scenario 2 of the revised BG-1. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The board then made a motion to approve the revised BG-1 Scenario 2, which includes all alternatives – paving across campus – for a total project amount of $6,855,000. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

After brief comments from the board in which they thanked the citizens of Caldwell County for passing the nickle tax, which made funds available to allow them to pursue the Area Technology Center Project, a motion was made to adjourn. The motion was seconded and the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Board of Education meeting will be held on March 19th and is open to the public.

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