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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVE PEROZEK The Bentonville School Board hears a presentation at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, on the 12th elementary school, which is set to open in August 2019.

BENTONVILLE -- The School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved spending up to $2.57 million on work preparing its Haxton Road property for the 12th elementary school.

The site package included three pieces, each of which was bid out to separate contractors.

Executive session

The Bentonville School Board met for about 30 minutes in executive session after the regular, public portion of its meeting Tuesday. Travis Riggs, board president, said the purpose of the session was to talk about the board’s annual process of evaluating Superintendent Debbie Jones. No action was taken following the executive session.

Source: Staff report

The largest portion of the package is for earthwork, utilities and storm drainage. Ten bids were received for that piece. The low bidder and winner of the job was RCR Construction for $1.37 million. The average bid was around $2 million, according to Patrick Horath, a project manager with Flintco, which is overseeing the school project.

Horath said Flintco is "very happy" with the way bidding went.

"We pride ourselves in creating a competitive environment on bid day and getting people excited about the project," he told the board.

Seven bids were received for the asphalt paving portion of the site work. Tomlinson Asphalt Co. of Fayetteville earned the work with a bid of $348,765. Center Point Contractors, a Bentonville firm, will do the pavement markings and lighted pedestrian crossing for $30,226.

A variety of other costs go into the site work, adding up to the total of $2.57 million, which is $175,000 less than what Flintco had estimated for this portion of the project, Horath said.

Tuesday's board vote represented the first time the board had voted to dedicate money to the 12th elementary school project, Superintendent Debbie Jones said.

The total cost of the project -- including construction of the building, design fees, and furniture and equipment -- is now estimated at $23.9 million. That's with 75 percent of the building design completed. The School District originally budgeted $24.5 million for it.

The unnamed elementary school will be built on a 40-acre piece of property on Haxton Road in the city of Rogers. The school will take up only half of the property. The rest will be reserved for a middle school when it's needed, Jones said.

The elementary school will be 91,500 square feet with a capacity of 700 students. It's expected to open in time for the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

Hight Jackson Associates, a Rogers architectural firm, presented renderings of the school and some details of what it will look like inside and out.

The school's facade on the front of the building will include some stone and wood siding to reflect the school's rural setting, said Bradley West, an associate with Hight Jackson.

West showed a variety of colors -- yellow, orange, green and blue -- that will be part of the floor's polished concrete.

"It will be a colorful school," West said.

The school will have two levels, though the second floor will have only about 16,000 square feet. There will be a kindergarten wing on the first floor.

NW News on 01/10/2018

Print Headline: Bentonville School Board approves money for elementary site work

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