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Complex may cost less than expected

by Larry Chowning

School superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor informed the Middlesex County School Board on May 13 that bids have been received for the construction of the proposed Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School.

Dr. Taylor said that based on the bids, the cost of building the sports complex “appears” to be less than originally estimated.

However, no information was released on what construction firms entered bids for the project, or how much they bid.

At the meeting, the school board recommended Dr. Taylor be authorized to “negotiate and sign a contract” for construction of the new athletic fields and buildings.

The school superintendent reported that “the third and final contract for construction is pending negotiation and ratification.”

The superintendent also recommended that school board chairman Garland Harrow appoint two school representatives to a “construction oversight committee.” Other members of the committee would be representatives of the county board of supervisors and Friends of Middlesex County Public Schools Inc., the organization that spearheaded the movement to build the new sports complex at MHS.

“Things are moving ahead now very swiftly concerning the athletic complex and I should have more information on this in the coming weeks,” he said.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 05.29.2013

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