By JEROD CLAPP
Approval of the design/build contract bid for New Tech High School could come at Monday’s special meeting of the Clarksville Community Schools board of trustees.
The only bid came in from ARC Construction Management and was tentatively approved by the board at its meeting on Oct. 29. But board members and Kim Knott, superintendent, wanted to finish the particulars of the contract before signing it, including its budget.
Knott said she feels like the terms were close before their respective legal teams worked on the details. She said it also falls within their budget range of $3 million to $4.5 million.
“I don’t think we were far apart to begin with,” Knott said. “As with any contract, you have to sit down and have those language conversations to make sure all parties know what that language says.”
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Clarksville Middle School. She said assuming the contract is passed, work shouldn’t take long to start. New Tech will be located in the old Value City building off Eastern Boulevard.
“Once the board acts on Monday evening, you’re going to see the actual work on the property start rather quickly,” Knott said. “I would assume you’ll see something happening as soon as December.”
She said board members will have a chance to review some of the initial plans at Monday’s meeting, but they’ll also see schematics and technical review reports on the project as it progresses.
But the director of the new school also plays a heavy role in the design of the school itself. Brian Allred, principal of Clarksville High School, was named as the new director at the Oct. 29 meeting. Knott said though he’ll begin work on staffing the new school and aiding in overseeing its construction, his priorities remain where they’ve been before his new title was announced.
“His first priority will be Clarksville High School,” Knott said. “But he’ll still be doing some of those duties at the end of the school day.”
But other facets of design also need addressing. Knott said other district employees take a role in planning transportation for the school, facilitating technology and security for New Tech High.
Construction on the property is scheduled for completion in August 2014. But in the meantime, Knott said she’ll also work with Allred to facilitate meetings with parents who are interested in enrolling their students in the new school.
She said no date has been set, but they want to start those meetings before winter break starts on Dec. 20. She said in those meetings, she hopes to see some early committals from parents of eighth-graders to enroll them in New Tech High.