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Officials OK $17.46M price tag for new Enota school
Old schools brick and plant sale set for April 30
The current Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy will be demolished beginning June 1 to make way for a new school.

Gainesville school officials approved Monday night a guaranteed maximum price of roughly $17.46 million to build a new Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.

School board members also got an update on plans to sell about 1,500 bricks to be salvaged from the back of the old school that will be demolished beginning June 1.

Adrian Niles, director of maintenance and operations for the school system, said the brick sale and a plant sale will be held April 30 in what is being billed as Enota Heritage Celebration. The event is scheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Officials approved the maximum construction price of $17,459,105 from Carroll Daniel Construction to build the new school, which is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 school year.

Chris Griner, finance director for Gainesville schools, said the guaranteed maximum price does not include architect’s fees and the cost of furniture.

Superintendent Wanda Creel said the bricks taken from the back of the building will be cleaned and engraved with the school’s name and dates.

There also will be an opportunity that day to purchase plants available from the elementary school’s iconic Smartville garden that can’t be replanted in the new garden during construction.

Niles said officials are getting help from different nurseries on the best way to get the plants up, which ones will live and survive. Niles said he’s also getting an idea on pricing if someone wants to buy any.

“We’re working out the logistics on that,” Niles said.

As for the bricks with Enota and dates etched on them, Niles said he expects them to be delivered April 24.

Enota school staff will move out of the existing facilities by the end of May, after students leave for summer vacation. Students, faculty and administrators will share space at Centennial Arts Academy next school year while their new school is built.

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