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Bond secured for new high school

By Leigh Anne Butler

The Tallassee City School Board of Education (BOE) unanimously passed the recommendation of Dr. Brock Nolin, Acting Superintendent, to re-bid the Tallassee High School building project at the Aug. 18 board meeting.

The BOE accepted construction bids before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, but did not act on them due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic. 

McKee and Associates, an Architecture and Interior Design Firm based in Montgomery, is handling the construction bid process. All contractors are required to be pre-qualified before bidding on the project. Previously approved contractors are not required to pre-qualify. 

McKee and Associates is accepting pre-qualification packages until 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. After that, qualified bidders will have until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 to submit sealed bid proposals. Nolin will accept the proposals at the Tallassee High School auditorium on the previously mentioned date and time. 

The BOE has also secured a 30-year bond for $16.5 million to complete the project. 

“We have the funds in a money market account sitting there ready to be expended,” Nolin stated. 

The loan was secured at a historically low rate of 2.3 percent.