The Rome Board of Education approved J&R Construction and Development to build the school after they submitted the lowest bid out of nine firms.
“All of the firms were outstanding and had an excellent history with building the types of structures
we’re looking for,” Rome City Schools Superintendent Gayland Cooper said. “But when it came down to the bids, J&R was the one that was the lowest.”
The school, which is set to be built along East Main Street in South Rome, is estimated to cost $11 million to build.
Carrollton-based J&R Construction submitted a bid that includes an overhead and profit margin of 2 percent.
Progress on the development of the property where the school is proposed has been inching along as the school system is working on acquiring all of the parcels.
Cooper is hoping that large-scale grading can begin before Thanksgiving.
In other actions:
Slides were then shown breaking down not just graduation rates by race but also by gender. All of the graphs showed that numbers are trending upward at least since 2010.
“We hope to get all subgroups above the 90 percent line,” Cooper said. “Impossible? No, it’s not. We are willing to work with teachers, administrators and parents to get that number to go up more.”
The Teen Maze is a life-size course that will put ninth-graders through a simulated life journey where they will encounter choices that mirror the choices they make in life, with “graduation” as the final goal.
The board unanimously approved the event, which will take place Oct. 16-18 at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds and include volunteers from community groups as well as medical and law enforcement professionals.
Ninth-grade students from Floyd County schools will also participate.
The resolution presents the board’s stand on improving funding and resources for public schools and opposing the upcoming referendum to amend Georgia’s constitution to allow the state to create charter schools.
The Rome School Board will have its next regular meeting on Oct. 2.