A new water main running from East Jessamine High School to East Jessamine Middle School is expected to provide adequate water flow for the new elementary school set to open in 2013, with the city and the school district sharing the cost.
The Jessamine County Board of Education approved the interlocal agreement with the city of Nicholasville at its Monday meeting.
In the elementary-school bid documents, the school board had included an alternate bid for a fire pump and pump house, with the understanding that a water line would eliminate the need for the pump. The $138,000 that contractor D.W. Wilburn had estimated the pump would cost will now go toward the construction of the 8-inch water line. The agreement estimates the school board’s half of the project cost at $120,000.
“If we were to bring on the additional demand that the new elementary school would add in that area, it would probably put our water pressure too low, especially in the event of a fire emergency,” superintendent Lu Young said Tuesday. “Having the new water main is a much better option for the homes in that area as well as the existing middle school, East Jessamine High and the new elementary school.”
The agreement has been approved by the city and the school board but still must get OKs from state education commissioner Terry Holliday and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
The city has taken over the project, Young said, with completion expected in time for the opening of the new elementary school in fall 2013.
New elementary change order
The board approved a change order Monday of nearly $20,000 for the new elementary school. More drilling was necessary for a sewer line that needed to be laid 2.5 feet lower than originally thought at the site off Union Mill Road.
The board had approved a change directive at the March meeting to authorize the work with a price tag not to exceed $19,854.75, anticipating the removal of 67 cubic yards of rock. Architect Charlie Barnhart of Sherman Carter Barnhart told board members Monday that 77 cubic yards of rock had been removed with a price tag of exactly the not-to-exceed amount.
The board approved the change order unanimously as part of the consent agenda.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved an agreement with Hurt, Crosbie & May to represent the district in a complaint with Kentucky Utilities to receive a refund for payment of an inappropriate rate.
The cost to the district is $1,225 with the potential for a refund of as much as $142,150, Young said.