Work on the Madison Primary School renovation project continues.

The renovations include a massive overhaul to the 1973 building with new HVAC systems; electrical; lighting; fire alarms; security system; master clock; public address system; plumbing; ADA compliance; stud walls; and more.

With design documents completed by Grimm and Parker in December and bid documents issued Dec. 30, a pre-bid meeting was held last week. Madison County Public Schools Director of Administration Tina Weaver said seven of the eight pre-qualified contractors attended the meeting.

“We expect [bids] to be competitive,” she said.

Insurance requirements are expected to be finished this week and bids will be due Jan. 30. Weaver said the schools are working with a designer on the furniture and are refining that budget.

Curtis Elswick of Skanska, who is serving as the clerk of the works for the project, said the goal is to have all of the budgets nailed down by the time bids are received so a complete budget can be submitted to board members and supervisors. The current plan is to present the project to the school board Feb. 10 before making a recommendation to the board of supervisors Feb. 11. Bids will be awarded Feb. 12 with contractors receiving a notice to proceed with material orders March 2. The goal is to start construction June 1.

In order to close the school for construction, students will need to be moved into other buildings for the 2020-2021 school year. In October, school board members approved a relocation plan which would move second grade into Waverly Yowell Elementary School and first grade into the neighboring alternative education building, which has three classroom spaces and one larger, collaborative space. Alternative education would then be moved to the campus of the middle or high school, but not inside either building. A trailer or some other building would be used. Then pre-kindergarten and kindergarten would move inside the school board office.

To accommodate the move, work has begun at the school board office with some wall work and work in the kitchen. Weaver said there’s some tile abatement that has to occur and while water tests have revealed nothing of concern in the building’s water supply, a chlorinated system has to be installed. She said due to sediment, water for drinking will be brought in.

“We need the filtering system to meet health code requirements,” she said. “[With the system], we will still have to bring water because of the sediment in it. It won’t hurt you, but I wouldn’t drink it.”

Meanwhile, letters have gone home to parents regarding the relocation of students. Videos are also being released on the school division’s Facebook page to share more information about the renovation project. Those videos can be viewed at

The project will be presented during the Feb. 10 school board meeting.

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