By Toni Stauffer
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 2 at the new $3 million Phenix City Schools Transportation Facility. Located at 609 5th Street South, behind the South Girard School, the initial estimated cost of the project was $3.6 million. As of July, $144,425.50 was still owed to Freeman & Associates contractor, and $1,159.21 was still owed to Hecht Burdeshaw architectural firm. The project came under budget because contingency funds didn’t have to be used since the soil tested as good.
Superintendent Randy Wilkes led the ceremony, the pledge was given by Zane Mcanulty, acknowledgements by Board of Education president Dr. Mesha Patrick, and remarks were by Phenix City mayor, Eddie Lowe. Scott Holmes from architectural firm Hecht Burdeshaw and David Hawkins from Freeman and Associates spoke about the building process. Rev. Brady Baird, Board of Education vice president, gave the blessing, and the Ribbon Cutting portion of the ceremony was handled by Dennis Beson, president and CEO of the East Alabama Chamber of Commerce. A tour of the facility was given by Transportation Supervisor David Gibson.