DAVIS — The transformation of Davis High School is one step closer to beginning.
Earlier this week, the Davis Public Schools Board of Education voted to accept bids for construction of a new high school. Bids for an elementary library-media addition, a parking lot at the new high school and the demolition of the old building were also approved by the board.
“We’re super excited about it,” Todd Garrison, Davis superintent, said of the constructions.
Garrison said the bid was awarded to RFD Construction of Sulphur. The entire project came in at just more than $6 million, which was under the anticipated budget for the projects. Garrison said the project coming below budget gives the district room to work with, as construction projects often have unexpected issues and setbacks.
“It’s always good when it comes in under what we anticipated,” he said.
The district began exploring possibilities of a new high school when the current building began having problems. While the current high school was only built in 1976, issues with the foundation have caused major problems. Garrison said the nature of the issue doesn’t allow for various repairs, which prompted the district to look into constructing a new building.
The new building will be a 40,000-square-foot, two-story structure complete with classrooms, three science labs, a large computer lab, extensive office space and a section to house the vocal and art departments. The programs were previously housed in an exterior building, Garrison said.
The project will take 12-15 months to complete, with construction potentially beginning before the end of school. Garrison said the district has some final touches and contractual details to finish and then construction can begin. He said a groundbreaking on the new high school could come as early as the end of school, though that depends on several factors. Construction will continue throughout the school year.
“Provisions will be made that will allow us to still have school while construction is ongoing,” Garrison said, noting school will not be affected by the construction.
Garrison said there has been a lot of buzz in Davis surrounding the new buildings. With a new track project also on the horizon for the district, Garrison said this summer will be the beginning of a new era for Davis Public Schools.
“It will change the face of Davis Schools,” he said of the projects. “We think it’ll be something the community will be proud of.”