The Colbert County school board is set to open bids for renovations in its new building on Thursday.
The Colbert County Commission purchased the 8,500-square-foot building (the former Ezell’s Bar-B-Q) on U.S. 72 in late summer for $400,000. The group agreed to appropriate another $200,000 towards its renovation costs.
The building will house all board of education offices including the system’s top administrators. Board employees have been operating from temporary sites since vacating the Colbert County Office Complex due to mold in several areas of the building.
The commission is responsible for providing a headquarters for the board of education in the county seat.
Colbert County Schools Assistant Superintendent Jeff Cornelius said the school board could be prepared to vote on the bid by Thursday evening when the group meets. The bids are being opened at 2 p.m. earlier that day.
“The bids are for the entire renovation project,” Cornelius said. “There were two sections of the building that were finished, Ezell’s and the Pillow Factory. The rest of the building is unfinished.”
Cornelius said the plan is to be in the new building June 1, which gives the board about a week after school ends to get moved.
The location is close to the district’s transportation department, also on U.S. 72 in Tuscumbia. The district’s technology department will remain in its location behind the transportation department.
Lisa Singleton-Rickman can be reached at 256-740-5735 or lisa.singleton-rickman@TimesDaily.com.