Superintendent Dr. Charla Evans told the board at its regular monthly meeting that groundbreaking on the new River Valley High School, to be built behind the current Bidwell-Porter Elementary School, is Nov. 4. A similar ceremony for the new South Gallia High School, slated for the current SGHS site, is Nov. 11.
Both events are on Saturdays to allow as many of the public to attend, Evans said. Exact times for the ceremonies will be announced at a later date.
Planning for the ceremonies has begun with the principals, RVHS’ J. Michael Jacobs and Scot West of SGHS, and ideas are welcome to include a wide range of people, especially alumni of the high schools that existed prior to the 1992 consolidation as well as the grade schools that fed into them, in the ceremonies.
“We're really excited. We hope to have a few surprises,” Evans said. “If you have any specific ideas, we would appreciate any input from the board.”
Board President Terry Halley suggested that former school board members also be part of the activities.
The groundbreakings are coming a year after the passage of the bond issue that made construction of the new high schools and renovations to several existing grade schools a reality. To that end, the board on Monday approved actions related to launching the projects.
Action approving the employment of Gallipolis-based Breech Engineering Services to conduct engineering work on the SGHS site was approved. The firm's owner, Randy Breech, was on hand to meet with the board.
“I'll be glad to work with you,” Breech said. “I'm sure we'll be successful at this.”
Bid documents were approved to go out to bid for the grade schools' renovation, which affects Bidwell-Porter, Addaville, Hannan Trace, Southwestern and Vinton. A utility package was also approved for bid on the "early site" document for the new RVHS.
Both it and the bid documents on the elementaries were prepared by Fanning, Howey & Associates, the board's Dublin-based architects on the projects.