POMEROY -- The Pomeroy School Board unanimously approved a series of resolutions at a special meeting Thursday that finalizes a project to modernize the Junior-Senior High School.
The board selected low bidder Leone and Keeble Inc. of Spokane as general contractor. Leone and Keeble's bid was the lowest among five submitted. The bid, including sales tax, was $7,537,255.
Total cost of the remodel is $9,521,822, which includes architectural and engineering services, and costs of relocating classes and food service during construction.
Construction will begin about Aug. 19 when school officials meet with the contractor to sign documents, and after Labor Day "real big activity" is expected to begin, Superintendent Kim Spacek said Thursday night.
Construction is expected to take 51 weeks, with classes starting in the building again in 2012.
The project includes modernizing a total of 70,000 square feet of the school, including the 1966 gym. The classroom building and woods arts wing, built in 1980, will be upgraded with insulation, electrical upgrades and new roof.
The ag classroom and shop were upgraded in 1999, so the new project will only include an intercom system for that area of the school.
The project is funded with a $4.5 million bond approved by voters in February 2010, and $5 million in matching funds from the state.
The board also approved renewing Spacek's contract.