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Builder wins contract to build new middle school

March 07, 2001

Builder wins contract to build new middle school



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education agreed Tuesday night to pay a Martinsburg contractor $9.6 million, $2.2 million more than the state will provide, to build a new middle school.

The board will ask for permission from the state School Building Authority on Friday to make up the difference with funds originally set aside for Jefferson High School's renovations, said Superintendent of Schools David W. Markoe.

The board accepted the lowest of seven bids, which came from W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc., to build the middle school beside the high school on Flowing Springs Road.

The state School Building Authority awarded the Board of Education only $7.4 million to build the middle school. Although school officials had hoped bids would be close to the original estimate, they had already determined the cost could be as much as $1.2 million more than initial estimates.

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If the authority approves the request, the contractor could begin construction immediately, Markoe said. He said school officials hope to have the new middle school open by September 2002.

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