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He added the bids were very tight but noted the growth experienced by the school system every year and the amount of students in portables makes the projects a necessity.


A contract for construction of the new WHS was awarded to R.G. Anderson Company, Inc., which also built the new Lebanon High School. The construction contract amounted to $28,634,648 but total cost for the school is estimated at $37 million.


Also, a bid for an addition to West Elementary School was accepted by the board, awarding the contract to Sain Construction Company for a construction price of $8.8 million and a total cost of $11 million.


The board also plans to build an addition to Rutland Elementary School to house its Pre-K through second grade students. That contract was awarded to R.G. Anderson for $10.7 million. The total project cost amounts to $13.7 million.


An addition to West Wilson Middle Schoolwas awarded to Robert S. Biscan & Company for $5.6 million and a total cost of $7.9 million.


In March, commission approved the issuance of bonds for these projects, with the WHS bond not to exceed $28 million. Another bond of $35 million was issued in that same meeting to cover the other projects.


Wilson County Finance Director Aaron Maynard said the commission only approved $63 million total for the construction projects. Maynard said the WHS bid came in over budget and a possible tax increase would fund the extra cost.


The board will have to come back and ask the commission to fund the additional costs, he said.


County Commissions Budget Committee was expected to meet Tuesday night and Maynard said they would discuss how to fund the projects.


District 20 Commissioner Annette Stafford, who is on both the Budget and Education Committees, told The Wilson Post after Mondays school board meeting they would consider a 3-cent property tax increase for the building projects.


Maynard also referred to the tax increase that would be allocated to the Debt Service Fund, where the bonds were issued from in March. Maynard pointed out no tax increases were passed to assist in building Mt. Juliet High School or the new LHS.


They had tax increases to cover operational costs back then but not the actual construction, he said.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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