Grading the site for the Denton school district’s fourth comprehensive high school and making repairs to hail-damaged roofs will soon be underway.
In a special meeting Tuesday, school board members voted unanimously to approve a $3.5 million guaranteed maximum price submitted by construction company Balfour Beatty to prepare the grounds for the new high school, which will soon be constructed at the corner of Navo Road and U.S. Highway 380 in the Paloma Creek area.
In a separate 5-0 vote, the board approved a bid totaling $1 million from Denton-based CBS Mechanical Inc. for roof repairs on 16 district facilities that sustained hail damage in April.
District officials have said approving the price for grading would help jump-start having the new high school ready for 2016-17. The board is slated to consider a guaranteed maximum price for the entire high school project next month. The new high school is part of a $312 million bond package voters approved last November.
William Goad, Balfour Beatty general superintendent, said grading work should begin before the first of August.
“That’s what the plan is,” he said. “We just have to get a contract with our subcontractor finished and signed off and executed, and then we’ll get started.”
Balfour Beatty is the construction manager for the high school project. Goad said once a building pad is ready, which could take more than three weeks, it should take between two to three months to complete grading on the more than 100-acre site.
Roof repair work approved by the board Tuesday is being considered “emergency repairs,” Paul Andress, the district’s operations director, told school board members. Additional roof repairs will be made next summer, he said.
Andress said he doesn’t believe repair work approved Tuesday will be completed by the time school begins, as previously thought. He said some work could be done on weekends.
School district buildings sustained more than $3.5 million in hail damage during an April thunderstorm, Andress told the board, and it could take two to three years to complete all the roof repairs. He also said the district has received an insurance check of nearly $3 million and has a deductible of $250,000.
Board President Glenna Harris said 39 of the district’s 49 facilities were damaged by hail in April.
A workshop item briefing the board on total weather damages is slated for the next school board meeting, July 29.