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Brandon-Evansville School Board approves first bid package for expansion project

The action was taken at the board's regular meeting on Monday, April 18.

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Lowell Anderson

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE — The Brandon-Evansville School Board approved the design development documents and the first bid package for its expansion project.

The action was taken at the board's regular meeting on Monday, April 18.

Sean Lewis, senior project manager with ICS Consulting, said the bid package involves the demolition of the abandoned Evansville structure, and precast concrete and steel work.

"Recommending bidding of the bid package number one means that we publish bidding documents, we solicit for bids, we open the bids, and then we'll be back again in May after going through those," Lewis said.

In April and May the bidding will take place for the bid package, and contracts are expected to be approved by the board in May, Lewis said.

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The construction documents will be ready in July, he said.

Lewis said the plan for the next board meeting is to have the recommended contractors for the precast concrete and steel work.

"The Evansville demolition really needs to be done," he said. "You'll want to see that get done as soon as possible so we're able to finish the design for that so we can do demolition this summer."

Lewis said demolition will start after July 4.

This fall the rest of the project will bid as the second bid package, Lewis said, with additions starting in the spring of 2023 and interior portions of the renovation to take place in the summer of 2024.

Everything should be finished in the fall of 2024, he said.

"The overall project is in great shape, going real well, on schedule, within budget," Lewis said. "It's tight … but right now we're comfortable."

Superintendent search

The search for a new district superintendent has resulted in 12 applications being received, which will be prioritized individually.

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The district does not have a hard number of interviews at this time.

Current superintendent Don Peschel tendered his resignation last month.

Last day of school

The board also voted to make Friday, May 27, the last day of school for the district.

It will be a full day of classes, followed by a teacher workshop on May 31 and June 1.

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