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West renovation bid gets delayed
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West Elementary student Camila Rodriguez, 7, reads a book in West’s existing library, which will be divided into a classroom/workroom. - photo by Lacy Garrison

West Elementary’s renovation and expansion project bid date has been pushed back until after Christmas.

According to Director of Schools Bobby Cox, the delay is due to their engineers working to complete designs on the wastewater drainage system of the building, along with getting that approved by the city of McMinnville and their consultants. 

“We are also core drilling the site to ensure that foundation area is OK and all plans are approved by the fire marshal’s office,” said Cox. “As far as affecting the price, there may be some potential increase in the cost of construction after the first of the year, but that depends on several factors and we will not know until we bid the project.”

The project was originally estimated to be bid in September and construction start toward the end of last month. According to Upland Design architect Allen Hill, the West project estimated time of completion is in 2020.

“The project at West primarily includes a new kitchen and cafeteria area, and converting the existing kitchen/ cafeteria into a computer lab and new library, respectively,” said Hill. “The existing library would be divided into a classroom and workroom.”

Although $3 million has been allocated for the entire project, the actual cost is unknown until the bids are received in January.

The update was given to county Education Committee members.