The project will cost $348,700, including $45,210 raised at the school for the project and the rest coming from the school system. A ribbon cutting is to be held in early August, Principal Janice Irvin said.
The Board of Education in a called meeting Feb. 26 voted 5-0 to approve $348,700 for the Kennedy project to be installed by Armstrong Construction Company Inc., including a base bid of $217,700, three alternates. architect fees and a 6 percent contingency. The board had approved the matter at its regular meeting earlier that month to get more cost versus potential savings estimates on a “poured-in-place” type service for some areas rather than mulch, the later of which will be used. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the project at its March 5 meeting.
The school system funding breaks a longstanding tradition of the system not funding playgrounds, a decision the school board reached after a retreat last year.