Muscogee County Schools: Board to discuss construction projects at Monday meeting

The Muscogee County School Board will be discussing several construction and repair projects in the district during their meeting on Monday.

Several schools — Georgetown Elementary, East Columbus Magnet Academy, Arnold Middle School and Rothschild Middle — have erosion problems that need to be corrected. Other schools, such as Baker Middle and Spencer High need work done to their gym floors. The board also has to vote on construction work for a graphics arts lab at Kendrick High School and decide on a process for selecting architects for projects promised as part of the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote.

The district is looking for architects for nine of the SPLOST projects — the new Carver High School, the new middle school, two new elementary schools, the classroom additions to Northside High, Richards Middle and East Columbus Magnet Academy, the system-wide gymnasium at Fort Middle and the system-wide athletic complex at Brewer Elementary.

According to a plan outlined at last week’s work session, a district selection committee will choose between five and eight firms to present to the board. The board will select one or more of these firms to complete the nine projects.

The board will also vote on an architect to fix erosion problems at Rothschild Middle, Georgetown Elementary, East Columbus Magnet Academy, Arnold Middle School. The Columbus-based firm French and Associates is being recommended for the jobs. The work is expected to cost the district at total of $263,200.

Baker Middle is getting a new gym floor because the old floor has started to buckle, presenting a safety hazard; Spencer High needs a new gym floor to correct dead spots, which prevent the proper dribbling of basketballs. The work is supposed to cost the district $255,000 and the Columbus-based firm Kersey and Luttrell Architects, P.C is being recommended for the job.

During the meeting, the board will also vote on a name for the new administration building. The 96,000-square-foot building has three floors and will house about 250 employees. The total cost of the project, including site work and the demolition of the old Sears building that was on the property, totaled about $25 million, according to school district figures.The total cost of the building was about $21.7 million.School district employees are in the process of moving into the building; the school board held its first work session there last week.

Monday’s board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the new administration building on Macon Road. For more information about the board meeting, contact the school board’s executive assistant Karen Jones at kpjones@mcsdga.net or 706-748-2018.

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