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Hall schools works to lower near $1M price tag for modular units at Johnson High
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Johnson High School is growing, and it needs space to accommodate students.

Hall County Schools will add a modular unit to the high school campus to accommodate this growth.

“We’re still working through some pricing issues,” said Matt Cox, facilities director for Hall County. “Basically what we have is a total price of $831,958, but we’re working through some ... engineering items that could pull that number down.”

No SPLOST IV request was made at the board meeting Monday, and Cox said the facilities department would wait to make the request until it was under contract with the service providers.

Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield said the cost was already significantly down from the original estimate of approximately $900,000.

At one point, the entire package was estimated to cost several million dollars, according to Cox. While the final cost won’t be as high as anticipated, there are additional site work costs that Cox said the board can expect.

“For the building itself, we are well under what we thought,” Cox said. “We are going to continue to work to get what we need and to get that price.”

Schofield said he is pleased with the growth, because it’s due in large part to more kids staying in high school.

“This will be a great shot in the arm for Johnson High School,” Schofield said. “It’s a (14) classroom addition. Looking at the latest enrollment numbers for 33 schools, Johnson is now pushing on 1,500 students.”

At the district Board of Education meeting Monday, the selection of Modular Solutions Inc. was approved to provide the modular unit. The board also awarded construction manager at-risk services to Carroll Daniel Construction Co. for the project’s site work and renovations.