A local firm will be the general contractor for new construction at the Houston R-1 School District.
The school board approved a bid of $3,157,000 from Gentry Construction Co. for improvements related to the April 2013 bond issue. The company submitted the lowest of three bids to the district, which made the announcement at a special meeting last Tuesday night at the Exceptional Child Cooperative.
Superintendent Scott Dill said he anticipates new construction will begin near the end of April. Among the improvements that received 72-percent voter approval are expanding the cafeteria, building a new library and connecting the current middle and high school buildings.
Demolition of the current library, maintenance building and a district-owned home at 709 Mill St. will begin this month.
One project approved by voters –– adding air conditioning to Hiett Gymnasium –– has been completed. A second, which will repair the roofs of the elementary, middle school, high school and vocational building, is underway. Dill said work on the elementary should conclude within the week.