WHS greenhouse project no go Single bid too high

Friday, May 20, 2022

The eagerly anticipated greenhouse project proposed to enhance Washington High Schoolís science department with hands-on learning, has been tabled into the future.

The school received a single bid for the initially estimated $200,000 project, and it totaled $437,000, prompting the School Board to nix the greenhouse at this time.

The Board had pledged $75,000 up front for the project and a community fund-raising effort was organized by WHS science and ag instructors and supporters. All told, the school raised $260,000, but the Board coul;d not justify such a large discrepancy.

Cherokee contractor Haselhoff Construction submitted the lone bid that escalated significantly meeting ADA compliance measures that included accessibility, male and female toilets, and location requirements.

The school will contact the fundraising donors to determine if their pledges remain for the project when feasible, if they want their funds returned, or other options agreed upon by both parties. According to the Board, it is hoped the greenhouse comes to fruition in the future.

The Board also approved a significant budget amendment for 2021-22 totaling $250,000, with $100,000 for teacher retention payments, and $150,000 for increased food/salary expense. The 2021-22 budget totaled approximately $19.46 million, and now totals approximately $19.71 million.

The school districtís preliminary enrollment numbers for PK-K totaled 139 students including 15 age three, 35 age four, 14 TK, and 75 Kindergarten.

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