New school project on schedule

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The first pieces are in place for the new Bald Knob Elementary School, with the Franklin County Board of Education approving the first payment for construction on the project.

The board on Monday approved payment of $318,195 to contractor D.W. Wilburn, Inc. for work already completed on the project. The construction bid for the new school was awarded in the spring to Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, Architects, which also designed the new Peaks Mill Elementary.

For now, posted in the board office are an aerial photograph of the site and architect's rendering of the new Bald Knob School, which will be located at Devil's Hollow Road and Pea Ridge Road. The current school is located at 285 Flat Creek Road.

The project is projected to cost $7.5 million total and is to include secure entrances, separate traffic routes for buses and car traffic and more modern facilities.

The school is slated to open in 2004. In addition, a new Bridgeport Elementary is to planned to open in the fall of 2005.

The project for the new Bald Knob Elementary has proceeded thus far without a glitch, according to the school district's Communication Coordinator Wayne Dominick.

"We're just really pleased with the way things are going," said Dominick. "So, everything seems to be falling into place. We don't anticipate any problems."

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