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Project manger Rick Stottlemyer updated board of trustees on the new career center's progress thus far.
Project manger Rick Stottlemyer updated board of trustees on the new career center's progress thus far.
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WINNSBORO — The new Career and Technology Center for Fairfield County School District is scheduled to begin phase one of construction on June 9 and be completed by Aug. 1, 2015 for the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Fairfield County’s School Board of Trustees was recently updated on the progress of the new career center by project manager Rick Stottlemyer.

One construction firm dropped out after the board established the top five firms.

The remaining four firms gave presentations during the April 8 meeting to vie for their procurement (see April 18’s edition of The Herald Independent for individual firm overviews).

Stottlemyer said he was uncertain as to why the fifth firm withdrew its name from the list of finalists.

School board trustee Annie McDaniel requested the criteria worksheet that specified why each firm was selected as a finalist.

“We looked at their qualifications, have they done this work before and what their team was like,” Stottlemyer advised. “It was a pretty easy process and the members of the board were pretty universal on who should make the final cut.”

J.R. Green, Superintendent of Fairfield County School said he would provide McDaniel with the requested documents.

The contract for the construction firm is anticipated to be issued on June 1.

Stottlemyer said he held a meeting with the Town of Winnsboro recently in regards to supplying the utilities to the new career center.

“They had a chance to take a look at it and we’ve been green lighted on storm water drainage,” he noted. “Everybody is on board after the initial feedback.”

Stottlemyer said he hopes the guaranteed maximum price will be offered by the selected construction firm on May 13.

The total budget for the new career center is $15,589,624. So far, the district has spent $559,671 for surveying, Geo-Technical/OCRM Testing and design fees.

Construction of the building is expected to reach $13,809,749.

Surveying was originally budgeted for $5,800, but has doubled to $11,600.

School board trustee Andrea Harrison questioned why the survey was twice the budgeted cost.

“From what I understand, we had to do some additional surveying in parking lot B and the greenhouse behind the high school,” Stottlemyer explained.

It is anticipated that the cost for construction of the new career center will be funded by the GO Bond, which was issued in 2013.

The school board voted 5-1-1 during their Feb. 18 regular scheduled meeting to approve the Construction Manager at-Risk method for building the new career center, which calls for the District to employ a project manager to oversee the endeavor.

Stottlemyer was hired as the project manager in February with a salary in the range of $49,000 to $77,000.

The manager position is a classified position, whose hire is at the discretion of the superintendent.

The project manager is a permanent position, but will be up for renewal each year.

The manager would act as an intermediary between the District and the builder to ensure that the project was progresses with the District’s wishes.

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