ACS: We’re tweaking building plans

Published 12:04 am Thursday, October 11, 2012

Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson said officials are working with architects to tweak the plans for the additions to the high school and elementary school.

In August, the board selected Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood as the architect for the new middle school buildings.

The board annou-nced in July 2011 that it would close Andalusia Middle School and place sixth grade students at AES and seventh and eighth graders at the high school – a move that would require additional space at both schools.

“We have been working on some site prep,” Watson said. “We have it mapped out so that we can let bids during the first of the year. We are trying to tweak it to get it like we like it. I met with the architects just the other day. We’re going back and trying to get something that’s the nicest we can get for our money.”

The project is being paid for by a $5.5 million bond issue, in which the City of Andalusia has pledged 2.5 mills per year of property taxes for the duration.

Plans are to start the 2014 school year in the new buildings.

Additionally, Watson said the building inspector will conduct a final inspection on the new physical education facility on Monday.