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$16 million Phase II school contract moved to full board

Dougherty County School System consultant Jack Willis, left, and Building and Grounds Director Bob Fowler are shown during a meeting of the DCSS Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Dougherty County School System consultant Jack Willis, left, and Building and Grounds Director Bob Fowler are shown during a meeting of the DCSS Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting on Wednesday.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School System's Building and Grounds Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a $16.2 million contract to CGM Construction Group of Colquitt for Phase II renovation work at Dougherty High School.

The contract now moves before the full school board for approval on Aug. 12.

School system officials estimate the extensive renovations will take 14 to 16 months to complete from the date the board approves the contract.

CGM, which has renovated several DCSS schools in the past, submitted the lowest bid of five firms vying for the contract.

The work at Dougherty is expected to begin before the end of the year. In the meantime, current DHS students will be moved to the recently closed Dougherty Middle School. When completed, the entire project is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $25 million.

After the Dougherty High work is done, the next project on tap is the final phase of renovations at Monroe High School. That nearly $30 million project includes work on the cafeteria, a new media center and a massive renovation of the school's gymnasium.

That work, however, is not expected to begin until Fiscal Year 2015.

The committee will also send a $2 million spending plan for new Phase II construction at Monroe High to the full board. The committee decided to raze and rebuild 24 classrooms, the school's ROTC building and annex instead of renovating.