But he added that Board Attorney Mike Jennings said a third bid would be highly unusual and he would not recommend that.
Weathers said his motion initially failed for lack of a second.
However, after board members took a short recess to think it over, he put the motion back on the floor. It was seconded by board chair Teddy Cook and passed with the additional vote of newest board member Vikki Adkins, while board members Greg Lasater and Lisa McMillan opposed the measure.
Lasater said after the meeting that he thought long and hard about the situation over the last week, since receiving the bids.
"I had to give my vote to Hardaway, because they bid it the way we asked," he said. "I didn’t feel like Hewlett-Spencer bid to specifications."
Both Lasater and Davis expressed similar thoughts about the future of the process.
Lasater said, "I hope now the county commission will get on with the funding for this."
Davis said the next step is to present the plans and choice to the County Commission’s Education Committee and Finance Committee for their recommendations.
"We needed to get the ball rolling and this does that," Davis said.
Hewelett-Spencer submitted a GMP of $48,095,742 while R.G. Anderson Construction bid $56,647 million and Hardaway Construction submitted a bid of $54,999 million.