The Jackson County School Board has had a delay in the start of construction of the new Marianna K-8 school. Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore advised through a press release last Thursday referencing the reason for the start of construction original scheduled to begin in April 2018.
“Jackson County School District staff, the K-8 Design Team, and the Construction Manager are working toward a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). The GMP is part of the construction management process that has been selected for constructing the new school.”
“Construction documents are being prepared by the design team. The target date for completing the plans and specifications is March of this year, and the GMP process should be completed by June 2018. The $57,000,000.00 allocation for the school is funded primarily by the State of Florida’s Special Facility Construction Fund for small, rural districts. The funds are dispersed to the district over a 3-year period in three equal amounts. This funding cycle necessitates that construction be delayed 10-12 months initially to prevent a gap in the construction process awaiting the funding. For these reasons, actual construction is scheduled to begin in June 2018.”
In an interview with Stuart Wiggins, he said, “The state of Florida funds the school board with the money but they are spaced out over three years. It only takes 20 months to build the school so if you start it too early, then you would run out of money before the project was over. The press release was to let the public know we are still building the school, it will still go in that location, it will still satisfy the needs of all the K-8 kids in the Marianna area but the delay in the construction is do to the fact that the funding will not be here in total for three years.”