FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence One Schools board approved the district to hire Thompson Turner Construction Company to manage the McClenaghan and Poynor building projects.
At Thursday’s meeting, new board chairman Porter Stewart created subcommittees within the board to address targeted areas. The board also approved holding the regular August meetings on Aug. 8 and 15.
Earlier this year, the district sent out a request for proposals from construction companies. According to William Halligan, board attorney, a selection committee conducted interviews with companies during the month of June and made the recommendation for Thompson Construction Company of Sumter.
With the approval of Thompson Turner Construction Company, the board also approved a $60,000 preconstruction fee for the McClenaghan building, which is a set fee for the contractor to examine all of the construction documents, price them and make suggestions for cheaper ways to do things, Halligan said.
The second part of the cost of the project approved on Thursday evening is the construction fee, which is set at 4.95 percent of the cost of the work. Halligan said the 4.95 percent construction fee is very good for the district.
The Morning News reported that the board announced in previous meetings that the renovated McClenaghan building will house the adult education program, and then the Poynor building will house a magnet high school for the health sciences.
Halligan said the renovations for McClenaghan and Poynor will be done using money from an agreement with the city of Florence to borrow $12 million in TIF funds.
Halligan also said Thompson Turner Construction Company will see how much money can be saved on the McClenaghan project so the money can be maximized for both projects.
Stewart proposed subcommittees for the school board to concentrate on specific areas, such as policy, academic goals, finances and educating children of poverty, as well as special education.
"I think we just need an opportunity to assess where we are and where we've come," Stewart said.
Stewart asked each board member to serve on one of four committees and asked them to have a report ready by September so they could hold a special board retreat to discuss the concentration areas.