Hardin County Schools Board of Edu­cation considered rebids and reconsiderations Thurs­day afternoon for a Central Hardin High School renovation project during a special board meeting.

The budget amount of the project’s phase 1 was set at $39,656,066. With the rebids, the budget still ended up being almost $6 million over budget, with a savings of around $673,000 compared to the first round of bids.

Tommy Gumm, CEO of Alliance Corp., said there were some bid packages, such as fire proofing and concrete that either stayed the same or actually increased after rebidding.

Originally a 24-month project, John Stith, chief operations officer for HCS, and Gumm, said it now is recommended to be a 30-month project because of issues including steel shortages.

While the process has been difficult because of the inflating prices of certain construction materials, Board Chairman Charlie Wise said said it needs to go forward in a timely manner. Wise also said he wants a possible reduction of fees from the management and architecture companies to save more money on the project.

The board decided to approve bids recommended by Alliance contingent on the successful negotiation in reduction of fees of the architect/engineering and the construction management.

Along with this, the board also approved a revised BG-1, which is the phase 1 project application sent to the Kentucky Department of Education. The decision paper says construction figures include a 7 percent contingency for any possible issues. This brings the total estimated project cost to about $55,538,424.

The board also approved the interim contracts. These contracts amount to about $1.5 million to subcontractors that need to get started on the project immediately, possibly in July.

The renovation will connect the main gymasium and freshmen wing of the school which will add more square footage to the district’s largest student body high school. There also will be other renovations as part of the project.

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

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