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Pre-bid conference held for Brandon-Evansville expansion project

Superintendent Louisa Glenetske discussed the conference in a brief update on the project at the Brandon-Evansville School Board's regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.

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EVANSVILLE — A pre-bid conference with nine contractors was held for the expansion project at the Brandon-Evansville School District.

Superintendent Louisa Glenetske discussed the conference in a brief update on the project at the Brandon-Evansville School Board's regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.

Glenetske said in addition to the meeting itself, the group also did a walk-through of several areas in the schools.

"The only thing that really came up … in the walk-through was when we walked through the Brandon admin space," Glenetske said. "One space that we were talking about knocking out walls is actually a safe."

The space will still be able to be utilized by taking out a different wall, Glenetske said.

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At a school board meeting held in August, Sean Lewis of ICS Consulting said the plan is to start foundation work in spring 2023, first at Evansville, then Brandon, followed by interior renovations.

The project will be complete in the fall of 2024 according to this plan, Lewis said.

At the Evansville school, two administrative office spaces will be renovated and turned into classrooms, a drive-through lane will be added, as well as two new classrooms, a new multi-use space and an administrative office suite, Lewis said.

At the Brandon school, there will be a new gymnasium, administrative suite, entry, restrooms and more classroom space, among other changes, Lewis said.

The project was approved through a referendum last November that authorized the issuing of general obligation school building bonds that will not exceed $14.5 million and will go toward "the betterment of school sites and facilities."

A structure at the Evansville school from 1917 was demolished this summer as part of the project.

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