‘Wheels are turning’ for new school

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

October 29, 2013

A new consolidated high school to replace Allen Central and South Floyd is one step closer to reality, as the Floyd County Board of Education voted last week to begin looking for properties and to advertise for professional services.

“The best-case scenario is it could open its doors in the fall of 2016,” Supt. Henry Webb said Tuesday, who quickly added that the project could very likely take longer. “That’s the best-case scenario, so you can figure anytime from then on forward.”

Under the school system’s District Facilities Plan, the school is estimated to cost $24 million to build. Students from Allen Central and South Floyd will move to the new school, while the old South Floyd building will become a new consolidated elementary, with students from McDowell and Osborne moving into that building. The Allen Central building will be renovated to become the new home of the Area Technology Center and the maintenance and transporation departments.

The board began running two advertisements today, seeking proposals from architectural firms for design services and from construction management firms to oversee the project.

“The wheels are beginning to turn,” Webb said.

According to specifications listed in the advertisements, plans indicated the new school will hold 750 students. The site will consist of the school building, as well as football, baseball, softball, track-and-field, and tennis courts.

Proposals will be accepted until Nov. 18. The board will consider the proposals at its next board meeting, Nov. 25, at McDowell Elementary School.

The board also named Webb, board attorney Mike Schmitt and board members Sherry Robinson and Rhonda Meade to a committee that will review potential sites for the school. Webb said Tuesday that two sites have been identified, but he did not disclose their locations.

All major decisions concerning property acquisition and school construction will be subject to approval from the state Board of Education.