When Evans Middle School students and staffers return to class in August, they’ll find a dozen new classrooms at their campus.
Columbia County school board members Tuesday approved a $1,085,000 bid from Continental Construction Company Inc. to build a 12-room addition to the school, on Hereford Farm Road in Evans.
The allocated budget was $1.5 million.
“We feel fortunate in these savings,” said Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle.
When questioned, Nagle explained the company is not a newcomer to completing projects in the county.
“We haven’t worked with them in a while, but they used to do a lot of work around here and did a good job,” said Nagle.
The need to expand the school arose as the result of middle school rezonings approved in December in preparation for planned August opening of the new Columbia Middle School. That school is relocating from its Columbia Road site in Appling to a new campus under construction on William Few Parkway.
When the new Columbia Middle opens, its population will grow to help relieve overcrowding at Grovetown Middle School, with new zones that also change attendance at Evans and Greenbrier middle schools.
During the school board discussions of the rezoning, system officials won approval of a plan that left Evans Middle above capacity by about 130 students, but did so with the understanding that a planned expansion of the school would prevent overcrowding.
“Hopefully construction will start in the middle to the end of March because we want it to be open on Aug. 1 in time for the new school year,” Nagle said.