At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Bond County Unit 2 school board approved a contract to proceed with renovations of the Early Childhood Center, formerly Countryside Pet Clinic along Rt. 140 in Greenville.
Bids were opened Monday and the board approved the low bid of WWCS of Cottage Hills.
The cost of the project is not to exceed $696,662. This includes the $74,291 being paid to GRP Mechanical Contractors to serve as the construction manager and $47,680 for Environmental Consultants of Collinsville to remove asbestos floor tile and mastic.
Superintendent Wes Olson said officials are looking at the project as an opportunity to create space for the early childhood programs as they continue to grow. Olson said office space for other parenting initiatives would be included in the building.
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The superintendent said he hopes the building will be opened with classrooms filled in August. Abatement begins April 29.
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When completed, the building will have four Kindergarten Readiness Program classrooms, offices, new bathrooms and a break room. The board also accepted an alternate for the placement of new sheathing to the outside of the building, and that is included in the total cost.
The district plans to use one-cent facilities sales tax money to pay for the renovations. Unit 2 used $170,000 of the facility sales tax proceeds to purchase the building.