Possible Chadwick-Milledgeville school addition faces obstacles

MILLEDGEVILLE – Prospects for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work and a possible addition at Milledgeville High School are dimming.

Chadwick-Milledgeville school board members heard an update May 1 from OpTerra Energy Services representatives about the proposed work. The project would include replacing the school’s HVAC system and selected windows, remodeling and repurposing existing classroom space, and asbestos abatement. The possible addition would include a gymnasium and office space.

First Midstate Investment Bankers Senior Vice President David Pistorius spoke to the board about bond financing options for the project. The overall cost is estimated at $10.5 million.

Superintendent Tim Schurman said he thought the board was hesitant to invest that much money at this time.

“It’s up to the board. I think they’ll come to a conclusion this next board meeting (May 15).” Schurman said.

The project has been discussed since July.

“I think we’ve exhausted that,” Schurman said of whether the district might go back to the drawing board on the project.

OpTerra representatives toured the school in April to assess possible costs and what work needed to be done.

In action at the May 1 meeting, the board voted to:

• Appoint Dave Wagenknecht to fill a vacancy on the board.

• Elect Sandy Baylor-Schmidt as president, Brad Smith as vice president, and Pam Eubanks as secretary.

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