Columbiana BOE seeks rebid for renovations

By D.A. Wilkinson


The Columbiana Board of Education will rebid the general contract for the renovations to the Joshua Dixon Elementary School because of high costs on the project.

Superintendent Donald Mook said the district is close to reaching its spending limits on the renovation. The district refinanced its debt to fund the projects.

The district has about $121,000 left of revenue from the bonds that were issued to fund the project.

The move is not a change order, in which the entity doing the work changes a part or parts of the construction for a variety of reasons.

Construction workers have been working inside areas of the school that have been blocked off by plastic and heated inside.

Joshua Dixon School Principal Kim Sharshan said, “It’s really coming together.”

Mook said the new bids may be lower than the original bids made last year.

The new bids will be opened at 1 p.m. Jan. 28.

Mook said the district has modified portions of the roof construction and may reduce portions of the heating and cooling system. The superintendent will take the new bids to the district’s architect to see what can be cut.

Mook said the project was estimated to cost about $5 million but is now at about $6 million.

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