DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – The Daviess County Public Schools announced new information Tuesday regarding the construction of Daviess County Middle School.

As this project began, DCPS had estimated a pre-bid final construction cost of $34.3 million. The Board of Education has approved the lowest bid, which was submitted by Danco Construction. With addendums, that bid total is $27.85 million, a total that is $6.5 million lower than expected.

The funding source for this project is a 20-year bond paid by restricted, non-operating revenue that can only be used exclusively for school construction purposes. Education finances are legally restricted into various categories; the funds used for this project cannot be used for staffing, operations or anything other than construction.

DCPS also reported that 24 of the 39 contractors on this project – 62 percent – are local companies.

Construction of the new DCMS is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 1, 2021, with plans for students to begin classes in their new school with the start of the second semester in January 2022. This is a delay from the date previously announced (August 2021).

DCPS and Danco have worked together in the past with positive results. Danco recently completed the Daviess County High School renovation project and multi-purpose stadium projects at both Apollo and Daviess County high schools.

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(This story was originally published on May 26, 2020)