New school may come with construction work for county

May. 30, 2013 @ 09:04 PM

Local contractors interested in placing bids for the new middle school construction should contact Assistant Superintendent for Auxiliary Services Jeff Church as soon as possible, Superintendent Steve Stone said.

The school system is bound, except in the case of extenuating circumstances, to accept the lowest bid it’s offered.

It’s been reinforced in court that “they’re local” isn’t an acceptable reason to accept a higher bid, Stone said. So the Caldwell County Schools can’t prioritize local bidders.

But they do want to make information available early so interested contractors can make bids, Stone said.

The bidding process applies to just about every aspect of construction, from electrical wiring to plumbing to masonry, so there’s an opportunity to invest in the local economy.

“We really want to, as much as we can, invest this $14.5 million back in the county,” Stone said.

Interested bidders can contact Church at jeffchurch@caldwellschools.com.