Louisville company hired to build Southside Elementary

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Bid of $14.749 million lower than expected

By Lisa King

The Shelby County School Board Thursday voted night to award the construction project for Southside Elementary School to a Louisville company with which the board has worked on previous projects.

Parco Construction Group, LLC, the company who was general contractor on the renovations to convert the old Shelbyville High School into the district offices in 2003, was chosen out of a total of five companies. Parco’s low bid of $14.749 million was just more than a $1 million below the estimate from Harry Dumesnil, the project’s lead architect with K. Norman Berry Architects.

“So we are extremely happy about that,” Dumesnil said.

That cost will pay for the construction of the new school, renovating a portion of the old school and the portion of the road on the campus that runs to Kentucky Street, as well as demolition costs.

Parco’s bid was only for the total construction cost. The total project cost is $19.1 million, which is lower than the original cost of $20.3 million because Parco’s bid came in at less than expected.

Also at the meeting, the board:

  • Heard from Superintendent James Neihof that board member Brenda Jackson is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award.
  • Heard from Neihof that there will be a work session in January to orient new board member Karen Sams.
  • Heard in an energy management report update from Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse that some schools need updated control systems and that buildings without remote access, such as Heritage Elementary, require that someone physically go to the school to make schedule changes.
  • Approved the 2013-14 school calendar, which is very similar to this year’s.
  • Approved applying for a grant to purchase hybrid diesel/electric school buses
  • Granted waivers in district policy for SCHS to use common-carrier transportation for two field trips in January and for its boys and girls basketball team to practice on Sundays.
  • Approved East Middle School students to go on a field trip on Sunday in May 2013 and to use common carrier transportation for it.