HOLSTEIN - Galva-Holstein Superintendent of Schools Harold Post said that the bids for the Performing Arts Center at the high school in Holstein came in favorably.
The bids from nine general contractors ranged from a low bid of $1,674,900 to a high bid of $2,088,000. The Galva-Holstein School Board was hoping for a bid of $1.65 million or less to stay within the total estimated cost of $2.1 million.
Post said the inside furnishings have not yet been bid, but the expectation is that those bids would come to about $350,000. Together, with architectural fees, the total projected cost is probably close to $2.15 million. In addition, a bid for the vestibule that was part of the original project, but was put forth as an alternate, would cost another $162,000. Thus, said Dr. Post, the total estimated cost could be slightly more than $2.3 million.
The G-H School Board will make a final decision on the scope of the project on March 16, after patrons provide input . At this point, the Galva-Holstein Foundation has raised slightly more than $2.1 million in pledges and cash, and the Foundation is encouraging School Board members to consider the entire project, including the vestibule. As a result, the Foundation will continue their drive to raise additional funds through the selling of seats in the new auditorium.
In other news, Dr. Post said that the sharing discussions with the Schaller-Crestland District is proceeding forward. The School Boards and administrations of both districts have completed tours of all the facilities in both districts. The next meeting between the two boards was scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, and it was anticipated that a number of conceptual ideas will be discussed.
Post reminds all interested parties that the earliest that any whole grade sharing can take place would be during the 2010-2011 school year.