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BoE approves renovation plans
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On Tuesday, Board of Education members approved renovation and construction plans for improving the overall appearance of the schools in the Liberty County School System.
During a morning work session, members discussed plans to build a new field house at Olvey Field and other construction plans for Bradwell Institute.
Projects include repaving the parking lots and adding 650 spaces to the area next to the field where high school football practice is held, said an architect with Altman + Barrett Architects.
The current practice field also will be moved to accommodate the new field house that is being built, Superintendent Judy Scherer said.
“The construction at Olvey Field is due to the fact that the current field house is in very poor condition and needs to be replaced,” Scherer wrote in an e-mail.  
The cost of the project is estimated at $2.5 million, the superintendent said.
BoE members approved a $116,000 bid by Harmon Construction to demolish the gym next to the Liberty County Pre-K Center along with several other areas on school property including tennis courts, a greenhouse and some structures near Jordye Bacon Elementary. As soon as construction teams are ready, the demolition will begin, Altman + Barrett Architects representative Walter Altman said.
The demolition of the gym next to the Pre-K Center is expected to start at the beginning of December, said Altman.
The bid from the Macon-based construction company was the lowest of five proposals the BoE received, Assistant Superintendent Jason Rogers said.
Architects from BRPH architecture, engineering design and construction services firm also presented six schematic designs for the new roof of Bradwell Institute’s fine arts building. One of the most visually appealing options was also the most expensive — and the choice of a board member and Chairwoman Lily H. Baker — so the board decided to go with the most durable and cost-effective design.
“The one I like is the most expensive one, but I can’t spend taxpayer money that way,” Baker said. “We’re not going to spend any more than we have to.”
Scherer said the construction is part of a total renovation for the fine arts center. The old building will be renovated to become a part of the gym and locker rooms, she said. Construction is expected to begin at the start of 2011.  
The BoE will next meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The public is welcome to attend.

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