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The Albany School Board has awarded a contract to Todd Construction to build a new elementary school on the vacant property next to Timber Ridge School.

Albany's newest elementary school will be under budget even with a covered play area, extra classrooms and an auxiliary gym.

That's the word from officials with Greater Albany Public Schools, who brought a contract proposal Monday to the Albany School Board for approval.

Board members voted 4-0, with Lyle Utt absent, to award a contract for the new school to Portland-area Todd Construction for an amount not to exceed $30,070,000.ย 

The contract includes bidding alternate 3, which is a covered play area, along with two bond premium alternates, one for four additional classrooms and one for an auxiliary gym.

The total contract is $180,000 under budget, said David McKay of HMK Company, the program manager for the bond work.

An official groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. The school is to open in fall 2019.

The new school will be built on Timber Ridge Street Northeast next to Timber Ridge School and likely will be a sister campus to Timber Ridge, which currently serves grades 3-8. The new school is meant to hold about 500 students to start, and to have a capacity for 600.

The school has not been named. Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. They can be made via email to Jim Haggart, executive assistant to the superintendent, via email at jim.haggart@albany.k12.or.us, or brought to the district office at 718 Seventh Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321, or made online via a link to a survey to be posted on the district's Facebook page or its website, albany.k12.or.us.

Voters approved a $159 million bond measure last May to build the new school, rebuild Oak Grove School, start on a full-scale reconstruction of West Albany High School and make various repairs throughout the district, among other projects.

Money for the additional classrooms and gym is coming from an extra $28 million received in premium bond sales. Board members previously had agreed to spend some of that money at the new elementary school and some to rebuild Oak Grove.

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