Mayor signs contracts for new WHS
by James Phillips
Jun 19, 2013 | 2614 views | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Immediately following the Jasper City Council meeting Tuesday morning, Mayor Sonny Posey signed two contracts related to the construction of a new Walker High School.

The contracts, once signed by Jasper Schools Superintendent Robert Sparkman, will finalize deals for architect and engineer services and project management services.

“We have negotiated these contracts in good faith, and we expect rapid approval by the board of education so we can begin this project immediately,” Posey said.

The Jasper BOE met Monday, but the school contracts were not on the agenda. School board officials have called a work session for today at 2 p.m. at the central office to discuss the contracts.

Posey said any questions regarding the contracts can be addressed at today’s work session.

“Myself, our city attorney and possibly some members of the city council look forward to meeting with school board officials at the work session,” he said. “We will be there to address questions anyone might have.”

The architectural and engineering contract is with Hoover-based Lathan Associates, while the project management contract is with Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management.

During Tuesday’s meeting, council members approved a resolution to allow Posey to enter into all contracts involving construction of the new high school. A bond underwriting contract will also be needed. Posey said the credit rating of the city and the BOE will be taken into consideration before bonds are issued, with the better rating being used.

According to the contracts, the budget for the project is $50 to $60 million. The project will include the high school building, a performing arts center and a full athletic complex. The school will be located on Viking Drive.