Preparation for the White Lake School District building expansion project is one step closer to completion. The district's Board of Education awarded over two-million dollars worth of bids for its construction during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The project, approved by a voter referendum in November, will build a new gymnasium, fitness room and community meeting place as well as improve the current tech education and locker room areas.
Approved bids include various aspects of the project such as the asphalt paving for a new parking lot, electrical, steel frame, masonry, painting, lockers and gymnasium seating. Despite a lower turnout from contractors that what was anticipated, the bids will allow several add-ons to be included in the project. This includes additional storage areas in the gymnasium and separate paint and welding rooms in the tech education area.
Some of the bids for the project were not approved Tuesday, such as roofing and epoxy flooring, mostly due to bids coming in over their expected budget. They are planned to be approved during the board's March meeting in two weeks. Also, an easement issue for one entrance area will be taken up by the Village of White Lake in early April.
According to school board President Scott Popelka, the entire project is expected to stay under the $3.58-million budget that voters approved.
As of now, the plan is to start building in April and be completed by late October.