After the Thanksgiving holiday, groundwork for the new Hall High School might be underway as the board approved the first of 50 bid packages for the project at Wednesday’s meeting.
The board approved a bid of $776,884 by John Pohar & Sons,La Sallefor site work. The bid was a quarter of a million dollars less than the rest of the bids and just a little more than the $750,000 estimate that construction manger Leopardo Construction Co. suggested it should be.
“At this point in the ball game, the school is still meeting the expectations relative to budget,” said Damian Eallonardo from Leopardo.
Superintendent Mike Struna said the construction would cause the school to remove the 23 trees that line the west lane to the school. The trees were planted in honor of 23 Hall High School veterans who died in World War II. Because of the size of the trees they could not be replanted. Eallonardo added that the ground level has to be raised for the school, and the base of the trees will be covered, causing them to die.
Struna said 23 new trees will be replanted and dedicated to the veterans. He said the school also was planning to move other objects from the old school to the new one to remember its 100 years of history.
Board member Betsy Sobin asked if the trees could be recycled in some way. Eallonardo suggested looking into making benches out of the trees.
Eallonardo said other bid packages will slowly roll out after Thanksgiving and will continue for the next three months.
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