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Work continues on new PES

By Staff, 03/26/21 1:52 PM

PRESCOTT – Work on the new Prescott Elementary School progresses in spite of the recent rains.

According to Trent Rogers, with C.R. Crawford, it will cost $9,479,256, but this figure doesn’t include the demolition of the current PES, parking lots or asphalt, which will run roughly $1.8 million more.

Rogers said 80 subcontractors submitted bids for the project and the firm has been working to qualify the bids to make sure these contractors have what they claim to have and are qualified to do the job. He said the firm has also been looking at ways to save the Prescott School District some money, but the primary focus is on safety and security.

According to Rogers, the budget includes a contingency fund of $339,000 that can be used for other needs if it’s not required for the construction project.

Superintendent Robert Poole said the building costs are what was projected, but the asphalt and paving was over budget. He added the district has 11.3 million for the overall project and the district is roughly two years away from getting into the building.

Rogers said Crawford’s didn’t want to sacrifice the look or design of the building and has been selective in what it’s picked. “The building will be safe and attractive,” he said, “and we’re turning over every stone looking for savings. We’re doing our due diligence right now.”