The District of Port Edward took a big step toward the realization of a new school in the community on Tuesday evening, awarding the contract for the construction of the building.
The contract was awarded to Maloney Contracting of Kelowna, although Chief Administrative Officer Ron Bedard noted that subcontract work would likely be with local businesses, and the amount of the contract was $1,966,026.
The company will be in town to start work on the site adjacent to the district office on March 1, and the goal is to have the school ready to be occupied by the end of the year.
The district got approval to borrow up to $2 million for the project during a referendum last year. Bedard said the cost will come in over $2 million due to consulting fees, and that they remain hopeful there will be a grant from the provincial government coming to help cover the excess cost.