POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KDKZ-TV) The Poplar Bluff Board of Education approved a $5.8 million bid, lower than anticipated, for a new Early Childhood Center on the Kindergarten site, after carefully planning since December 2016.
With extensive experience in the school business, architects reported, the Farmington based construction company intends to mobilize at the Camp Road location on Monday, Oct. 1. The completion date was extended a month and a half to November 2019 so contractors did not have to factor in overtime in the advent of weather delays, potentially driving up the bottom line during the bidding process. A relocation date for the Early Childhood program from the present Mark Twain building will be determined at a later time.
Based on input from Early Childhood educators, the 34,000-square-foot facility on the western side of the Kindergarten Center campus will include two separate wings for 3 and 4 year olds, each containing six classrooms. There will also be two extended day classrooms, a sensory room, an intensive needs room, two speech rooms, a suite for the Parents As Teachers program, two large storage areas, a nursing station, administrative offices, a centrally-located library and a multipurpose room designed with storm shelter capabilities
The groundbreaking for the new Early Childhood Center has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
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