Construction has begun on the new Arnoldsburg Elementary School site by Capitol Valley Contracting of Elkview, according to Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst.

The company has moved equipment onsite and begun work for construction of the building.

Bids are being advertised the next two weeks for construction of the building and for furniture and equipment for the facility, Propst said.

Those bids will be opened on August 22 at the Board of Education Office.

Site preparation work will include construction of an access road, installing drainage systems, some sloping and leveling of the site, construction of parking lots, and preparing the actual "pad" on which the building will be constructed.

Plans are for the general contractor awarded the construction project to begin initial building construction prior to the site preparation being totally complete.

"Should these plans work out and weather cooperates, building construction will proceed through the winter months," Propst said.

Michael Offutt, former principal at Calhoun Middle/High School, has been contracted by Calhoun County Schools as the "Clerk of the Works" for the project.

"He will be onsite everyday," said Propst.

This position is mandated by the West Virginia School Building Authority who has granted $5,656,162 to the project.

The remaining costs are financed by the school bond passed by Calhoun voters in March 2011.

Propst said, "A formal groundbreaking ceremony is being planned shortly after the return of students in order for them to be able to participate."

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