Plans Nearly Finished for Eastern Pulaski Renovations

 Plans for the $14 million renovation project at Eastern Pulaski Schools are nearly finished. Superintendent Dan Foster says the architect is putting the final touches on things. Plans include securing the main entrances to the schools, upgrading the restrooms and replacing the floors in both gyms. Once the design is finalized, the project will be let for bid. Foster says they want to do a full 30-day process since it is so extensive.

He adds the school board is taking extra time to make sure the design is what they want since the taxpayer-funded renovations will last a long time. Foster believes the board will have bids back by early to mid-March, with construction to start soon thereafter. The work is expected to take 16 to 18 months to complete. The board also discussed hiring a clerk of works to serve as the corporation’s on-sight eyes and ears during the duration of the project but did not make a decision about whether to do so. The $300,000 cost for a full-time vendor to act as a liaison would be paid for with proceeds from the project bond financing.