Board approves new driveway at Franklin Forest

Matthew Strother News editor

January 17, 2014

The Board of Education on Thursday approved plans to create a second driveway at Franklin Forest Elementary School to accommodate additional traffic with planned expansion at the school.

The school system will use special-purpose, local-option sales tax funds for a contract with Heritage Construction of LaGrange. Heritage was the only contractor of four that placed a valid bid for the project, said John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations.

As part of the proposal, the board also waived bonding requirements, which it can do under state law for projects under $300,000, Radcliffe said. That took $8,300 off the cost of the project, for a total cost of $236,186.

Radcliffe said the project will help take more cars off of Anne Bailey Way during student pick-up. Traffic sometimes will back up to New Franklin Road, and the driveway is expected to alleviate that and separate car and bus traffic.

The school system plans to add 10 to 12 classrooms at Franklin Forest Elementary School, and the additional driveway is expected to help handle additional traffic generated by more students at the school.

In other matters Thursday, the Board of Education also approved the following:

• Paying $60,000 to Building and Earth Sciences, Inc. (BESI) for subsurface borings, construction materials testing and monthly storm water monitoring for the new Ethel Kight Magnet School.

• Paying $50,826 to Hutchinson Traylor Insurance for the school system’s annual workers’ compensation excess policy renewal.

• A permanent easement at Hollis Hand Elementary to the city of LaGrange for 10 feet of permanent and perpetual right, privilege and easement in and to Hollis Hand Elementary School property for utility access.

• Implementing Infinite Campus Online Meal Benefits Application to allow people to submit applications online for free and reduced lunch.

• Spending $213,050 in SPLOST funds for half of the the cost to resurface the Whitesville Road and Granger Park tracks. The other half will be funded by the county.