Rome High’s new outdoor football practice field to replace the current one, making way for career academy/athletics facility. Plus: Main Elementary demolition ‘should begin in the next week or so.’

We have several updates to our story on Friday on the new outdoor replacement practice field at Rome High School. We received this update from Rome City Schools Superintendent Lou Byars on Friday afternoon in response to our questions on Thursday:

” . . .the College and Career Academy/Extracurricular Facility at the Rome High School is to be built where the current athletic practice field is located. Therefore, before any work can be done on the new facility, we will need to replace the current practice field … we are taking bids for the new practice field and it is to replace the one where the new facility is to be built.”

The original post from Friday morning:

Bids sought for new Rome High practice field: Well, that didn’t take long. With the April 1, 2019, education SPLOST now blessed by voters, Rome City Schools seems to be wasting no time in preparing for what’s next. Plans for a new outdoor football practice field are on paper and bids are being sought for work that will cover roughly 4.5 acres, according to LDI Line, one of the most-used construction bid sites. This is not the indoor field. Included will be a 100-yard football field with end zones and some bleachers, according to renderings on file. Ra-Lin and Associates Inc. is listed as the primary contractor. What’s interesting: The online paperwork carries an Oct. 2 date with a revised bid deadline of Nov. 21, a day after the education tax extension vote. The city’s college and career academy/athletics complex is to be built on the current practice field. We have questions in to RCS Superintendent Lou Byars about the project and will update as we hear more.

Byars on Friday also added some updates on other projects tied to the 2019 education tax approved by voters Tuesday:

“For the last several months, we stated that we would begin work immediately on both the Main Elementary School and Rome High School projects. Earlier this year, we sent out bids for the contractor at Risk for the Main Elementary School project. That contractor was approved at the August 2017 board meeting. We have already selected a company to do the demolition of the current Main Elementary School. This demolition work should begin in the next week or so.”

Hometown Headlines is posting the “minutes” from that August meeting with updates on the Main projects. For more, click Board o gram:

“Construction Manager At-Risk for New Main Elementary School Project: On a (board members) (Richard) Dixon/(Elaina) Beeman motion, the Board unanimously approved J&R Construction & Development Inc. as Construction Manager At-Risk for the new Main Elementary School project. Mr. Williams stated that Rome City Schools had requested proposals from construction management firms to provide the CM At-Risk services for the $10 to $12 million project. Bids were received from three companies: J&R Construction & Development Inc., Carroll Daniel/Pinsons Construction and Torrance Construction. The bids were evaluated using a scoring chart for competitive sealed proposals by a four-member committee. J&R Construction received the highest score, 95.6. Torrance Construction received a 92.25 and Carroll Daniel received a score of 82.1.

“New Main Elementary School Site Approval Application: On a Dixon/Beeman motion, the board unanimously approved the New Main Elementary School Site Application for submission to the Georgia Department of Education. Mr. Williams explained that the site has undergone tests and analysis, including water flow tests by the City of Rome Water Department, an environmental site assessment, a risk/hazard analysis, an as built survey and a geotechnical investigation.”


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