The Concordia Parish School Board agreed during its regular meeting Aug. 12 to hire a third party project manager in connection with the construction of the Monterey High School Gymnasium.

Additionally, a Baton Rouge company, Premiere Geotech, hired to look into foundation issues related to the gym construction, has recommended a plan.

School Board Director of Business Affairs Tom O’Neal said the architect for the project presented Premiere Geotech’s plan to the contractor. The work outlined in the plan will cost $107,000.

In September 2020, the School Board awarded the contract for construction of the project to Don M. Barron Contractor Inc. of Farmerville for $3,520,000. That included the base bid $3,210,000 and alternative bids of $102,000 for retractable bleachers and dressing room lockers, and $208,000 for the parking lot.

The 15,940 square-feet facility will feature a permanent stage, bleachers concession and parking.

The architectural firm M3A of Jackson, Miss., designed the gym.

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