Hardin County Schools Board of Edu­cation will have a special meeting this morning to discuss, and possibly accept bids, for a Central Hardin High School renovation project.

John Stith, chief operations officer, said the project has been on the facilities plan since around 2000.

Stith said the school used to be the Hardin Central Junior High School. The school opened as Central Hardin High School during the 1990-91 school year when they added the school’s big gymnasium and a freshman wing. The renovation will connect these two sections of the school which will add more square footage.

Stith said the point of the renovation is so the school functions better with the large amount of students it contains, creating a better flow including among the bottleneck areas of the school’s hallways.

He also said several spaces will be updated and renovated, including the kitchen and cafeteria.

With approval from the Kentucky Department of Education, the renovation designs have been made with it sent out to bid for construction companies in April.

Stith said there are around 25 or 26 bid packages that the board will have to consider and possibly approve.

Lately, Stith said supply issues have impacted construction projects, causing some prices to be driven up. This also includes labor issues which also drive prices higher.

He said the board may also decide to not accept any bids and wait to strategize on what to do next. There will be different perspectives from individuals also giving advice on what should be done.

“We’ll just try to make the best decision we can … obviously for Central High and for the whole district,” Stith said.

Stith said he thinks the project would probably take about two years to finish. If any bids are accepted, information is sent to KDE again for approval, with a possible start date this summer. He said the initial estimated cost of the project was $40 million, however, this was pre-pandemic and is subject to change.

Construction will likely occur during school days, but he said the district will do its best to minimize interruptions.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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