Oxford reconvenes facilities committee for second capital project

OXFORD – The Oxford School Board announced last night it will reconvene the district’s Facility Advisory Committee in January, with the intention of having a proposal for a second capital project before voters next fall.

The discussion regarding the “Phase II” project, which Board President Robin DeBrita said would address larger-scale facility and grade configuration issues, came after representatives from the architectural and engineering firm retained by the district, the Bernier Carr Group, updated the board on the status of the current project approved by voters in September.

According to BCG CEO Bernard Brown, Jr., the firm is currently working to complete design documents for the $4.65 million project, which will be submitted to the New York State Education Department for review and approval in June of 2010. They hope to have that approval by September, he said, with bidding to take place through October. The bids would then be awarded in November, with pre-construction beginning in December and actual construction to commence in early 2011. Construction is expected to take between 12 to 18 months to complete.

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