Ridgemont prepared to break ground on new school

Adena Corporation awarded contract after low bidder withdraws


This artist's rendering shows the new Ridgemont K-12 school building to be built off west Taylor Street at the west edge of Mt. Victory. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $17.2 million project is set 2 p.m. Sunday.

Construction of Ridgemont School District’s new K-12 school is prepared to move forward again after the school board accepted the withdrawal of the low bid and awarded the contract to the second lowest bidder at a special meeting Friday evening.

The Mansfield-based Adena Corporation was awarded the $17.2 million construction contract after the lowest bid from Jeffrey Carr Construction Company was withdrawn.

Tom Sisterhen, vice president of Smoot, Elford, McDaniels Construction who serves as a construction manager for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Ridgemont Local Schools, explained the bidding process and recommended Adena as the contractor.

 It was determined that a significant quantity of costs were omitted from Mr. Carr's base bid of $16.88 million, according to a resolution adopted by the school board.

During the meeting, Superintendent Emmy Beeson invited the community to the groundbreaking ceremony, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.Sunday at the site of the new school.

If the weather is suitable, parking will be available at the east lot of the elementary school, the Mt. Victory Methodist Church, Mt. Victory Park, Plaza Inn or Hardin Motors and buses will transport guests to and from the site.

If the weather is poor, however, the event will take place inside the elementary school gymnasium.

Ms. Beeson encouraged community members to don their green and gold and wear appropriate footwear for the groundbreaking.

Board members also learned at the meeting that work to resurface the high school track is not within the scope of the school district bidding statute. Administrators’ plans are to solicit cost quotes and present a motion to the board during its next regular meeting April 17.