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Work progresses on Niangua Early Childhood Center

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The Niangua R-V School District is taking another step toward its Early Childhood Education Center, after the school board recently voted on and approved Bale Construction, Inc., as its contractor for the project.

The company, based in Waynesville, was one of six contractors to submit a bid for the construction of the new building during a bid opening meeting last month at the Niangua Schools library. This included MSI Constructors, Inc., RKC, Cahills, RE Smith, Nesbitt, and Bales Construction, which came in with the lowest bid of $763,900 (total base bid, plus selected alternates). A pre-bid meeting was held on Aug. 10, where any contractor interested in the project could come and take pictures of the site, according to superintendent T.J. Bransfield, who added that each company needed to include all required documentation with their submitted bid.

“We were really happy with Bales Construction. Their references panned out really well and they had all of the required documentation,” said Bransfield. “In our wording, as far as the grant, it does say the lowest bid, but it also says that they have to have good references. While we are supposed to take the lowest bid, there are some other things that go into it. A business cannot just come in with the lowest bid without having a good reputation.”

He added that they would go over the project timeline and when they will break ground during a preconstruction meeting Sept. 13. In early August, the school district was awarded the community block grant, The Early Childhood Education Center will be constructed behind the FEMA building, which is where the school district currently has its early childhood program.

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