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Doughtery County Schools Buildings and Grounds Committee gives nod to change order of Dougherty High work

The committee was also updated on on-going and future SPLOST capital improvement projects

Dougherty County School System Buildings and Grounds Committee members Velvet Riggins, left, and Darrel Ealum, and DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer discussed on-going and future capital improvement projects at the committee’s monthly meeting Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Dougherty County School System Buildings and Grounds Committee members Velvet Riggins, left, and Darrel Ealum, and DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer discussed on-going and future capital improvement projects at the committee’s monthly meeting Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System’s Buildings and Grounds committee on Wednesday agreed to move a second Dougherty High School Phase II change order before the full school board. The latest change order totals more than $38,000 and follows a previous change order last month of more than $70,000.

Extensive renovations are currently under way on the $17 million project. System officials estimate the extensive renovations will take 14 to 16 months to complete with a targeted move-in date of Aug. 15, 2015.

The latest change order will be voted upon at the Board’s next meeting on Feb. 27.

In other action items. the committee also recommended moving a $300,000 cap on future design-build projects to the full board. The types of projects covered are single or of smaller scope such as toilet upgrades, roofing and emergency repairs.

DCSS facilities Director Bob Fowler also discussed the system’s five-year plan for upcoming SPLOST (special purpose local sales tax) capital improvement projects — six of which are already in the pipeline. These projects are Dougherty High Phase II, $3.3 million for kitchen and cafeteria modifications at Albany High, $27 million for Monroe High Phase II renovations, $1 million for renovations at Magnolia Education Center and $2.5 million for energy services performance contracting.

Five future renovation projects are also on the table and awaiting the awarding of contracts by the Board. These projects, in order of priority are: $4 million for Northside Elementary, $5.4 million for Turner Elementary Phase II, $14.9 million for Albany High Phase II, $8.8 million for Westover High Phase II and $2 million for Lake Park Elementary Phase II work