By Jeff Shultz
Pauls Valley School officials are hoping to break ground soon on the construction of a new elementary school, which will be located off of Highway 19/Grant Avenue, between Ace Hardware and Tio’s.
Next week the PV Board of Education will open bids on the facility, which is one of the final hurdles the board needs to take prior to the start of construction.
“We hope construction can start in February. I am afraid the weather will have some say in that. The area is very flat and will take some time to dry,” said PV Superintendent of Schools Mike Martin.
Earlier last year the board selected Redland Childers Architects of Ada, Okla. as the architects for the building.
“I have worked with them previously with three major bond projects and could not have been more pleased,” said Martin in a letter to school patrons.
After selecting an architectural firm for the $23.6 million facility, Martin and board members David Assad and Rachelle Humphrey, along with architect Tim Elliot and Maintenance Director Tim Williams selected a construction manager for the project.
“The construction manager is the company who will make sure all projects are completed on time, bills are paid and reputable subcontractors are hired,” said Martin.
Three prospective firms were interviewed for the construction manager’s job.
After hearing from the three, MacHill Construction Company was selected as the construction manager.
“In the very near future, Pauls Valley will have a state of the art facility that will be a jewel in the community! I am so excited for our kids and our staff!” Martin said.
The facility will be a highly energy efficient building with a gymnasium that will also be a F5 tornado shelter.
Funding for the project was approved last April in a special bond election, which also included funding for:
•Construction of a new band facility at the high school
•Construction of a new Vocational Agriculture (FFA) classroom and bathrooms at the high school
•High School Gym improvements to include a new heat and air system, drop ceiling and lighting and seating renovation.
Martin said the other projects (the band building; ag classroom; etc.) would begin once construction on the elementary school begins.
“At a future point, all projects will be under construction at the same time,” Martin added.