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.