BENTON -- Members of the Scott County R-4 School District awarded the construction bid for a new high school building to Brown Construction of Dexter during its regular meeting Thursday evening.
"Brown Construction was the low bid and a quality contractor -- just like all the rest," said Superintendent Don Moore about the board's reason to go with the Dexter business.
Moore said the district received six bids for the project. In addition to Brown Construction, bids were from Columbia Construction of Cape Girardeau, Penzel Construction of Jackson, Sides Construction of Cape Girardeau, Zoellner Construction of Perryville and Kiefner Brothers of Cape Girardeau. Last April voters approved a $3.5 million bond issue for a new high school building, which includes a 34,959-square-foot building with 15 classrooms and a library. A new multipurpose gym/cafeteria area is also included in the project.
For bidding purposes, the project was broken into three different packages. Moore said Brown's bid of $3,699,000 was for the entire proposed project. "It was everything we wanted," Moore said.
Next for the district is the signing of the construction contract, and then a date can be set for a groundbreaking, Moore said. He added construction could begin as early as the end of the month.