By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Five contractors have shown interest in taking on the task of repairing bowing walls at Pulaski County’s two middle schools.
Ronnie Nichols, director of operations for Pulaski County School System, said five contracts showed up to a pre-bid conference held Monday. Bids submitted for the project are to be opened today at 2 p.m.
Nichols said the school system will be able to put a definitive timeframe on the repairs once a contractor is selected. He said vertical and horizontal steel will be used to “sandwich” the walls and make them secure.
He estimated the work may take place around June.
OWPR Architects and Engineers discovered lateral movement or an outward bowing of some walls at Pulaski and Dublin middle schools while they were preparing an evaluation of the schools.
According to the school system, the areas in need of repair include a portion of the gymnasium wall above the locker rooms at both middle schools, and portions of the stage’s back wall and an auditorium wall at Pulaski Middle School. Access to these areas has been restricted until further notice.
OWPR said there is no immediate danger posed to students as a result of the bowing walls.