Fixing moisture problem at Double Churches Middle School would cost about $1.8 million

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 11, 2013 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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A moisture problem at Double Churches Middle School is expected to cost an estimated $1.8 million to fix.

The project is among the items the Muscogee County School Board will discuss today at 5 p.m. during its work session in the Muscogee County Public Education Center.

The session wasn't held on its regular day, the second Monday of the month, because of the Veterans Day holiday. The board will vote on the agenda's action items next week, during its monthly meeting Monday at 6 p.m.

According to the agenda, Superintendent David Lewis recommends contracting with the low bidder on the Double Churches Middle School project, which is in the advertising stage now. Bids are scheduled to be received Friday.

The project's architect is Peach Engineering LLC of Columbus. The work includes replacing air conditioning units with new units that dehumidify as well as cool the air. The work also includes installing a new automatic control system.

On July 22, the board approved the administration's request to evaluate the school's moisture problem, propose solutions and take competitive bids.

The superintendent also recommends granting a 30-by-30-foot easement at Reese Road Leadership Academy to BellSouth Telecommunications Inc., doing business as AT&T Georgia. AT&T will pay for relocating the chain-link fence around the easement. The board approved a similar easement at Blackmon Road Middle School in July 2008.

Also on the agenda is the superintendent's request to approve hiring Tracy Fox as the district's risk management director. She would replace the retiring Marie Stringfellow.

Fox has been the guidance director at Veterans Memorial Middle School since August 2007. According to her resume, her previous work experience includes: guidance counselor, Russell County Middle School, 2002-07; part-time collections agent, TSYS, 2000-01; banquet coordinator, The Estate, 1998-2000; and patrol officer, Columbus Police Department, 1995-98.

Among the reports scheduled to be presented at today's work session are updates on construction projects and health care costs, as well as a preview of staffing issues forecasted for fiscal year 2015, which starts July 1.

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