At the March 31, 2015, Caroline County School Board Meeting, the members voted to advertise Madison Elementary School and Caroline High School for construction bids. The advertisements will be in the following three local newspapers on April 2, 2015:
Free Lance Star
Richmond Times and Dispatch
The School Board’s approval to proceed with advertisement for bids followed a recommendation made earlier in the day by the Caroline CIP Committee to issue the final plans and specifications to contractors for bidding. The CIP Committee met on March 31, 2015, prior to the scheduled School Board meeting and reviewed the status of final reviews by DEQ for both projects. Since DEQ review and approval for both projects appears to be in the final stages, the CIP Committee agreed that it is the right time to proceed with bidding for the projects. Representatives from the School Board and school division, citizens, and the County Building Official were in attendance.
It is expected that construction will begin on both projects this summer.
During the 24 months of anticipated construction, Caroline High School will receive a new roof, new windows, new HVAC, new electrical, new lighting, and restroom and locker renovations. New additions will include a new 2,000 seat gymnasium with team locker rooms, public restrooms, entrance lobby, and concessions area. The new addition across the front of the school will include a new central main entrance and lobby, new secure administration and guidance areas and a new media center that can be accessible to the public after hours. The CTE area is designed to be expanded for a new nursing program, sports medicine program, robotics program, and an expanded culinary arts program.
At Madison Elementary, where construction is expected to be completed in a year, a new secure school entrance and administration area will provide a new look for the school. Also included in this addition are two additional computer labs, a new media center, and four new kindergarten classrooms as well as additional restrooms. The new addition will connect to three separate classroom wings and will incorporate ramps and vertical chair lifts to make the entire building ADA accessible.