"This has been a long time coming, " said Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent of Adminstration, during the ground breaking ceremony at Preston Elementary School on April 22.
The $16.3 million project was originally put out to bid last March, but had to be redesigned due to significant cost overruns with the initial bid.The state is providing $10 million for the project and the county is providing the additional $6 million for the project. Caroline County Commission President Jeff Ghrist said it is nice to finally see the project being started. "It is nice to be able to do this project during a tough budget time," said Ghrist. "It is so important that we continue with these projects (to renovate the school buildings)."
School board president C. Tolbert Rowe thanked the county commissioners for the great partnership. "The (Preston) community and parents deserve this project," said Rowe.
"As I look around, I see the great partnerships we have," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Khalid Mumin. "I am very pleased with Whiting-Turner (construcation manager) and King, Asbury and Associates (architect) because they are thinking about the kids first, the kids deserve this addition and renovation project."
Preston Elementary School principal Dr. Lois McCoy said the students, staff and parents are excited about the project.
The original school (46,900 square feet) was built in 1971.
The renovation and addition project also includes a geo-thermal system and solar panels.