The Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education awarded a $4 million contract for the construction of the first phase of the new Tucumcari High School to Gerald Martin Ltd. of Albuquerque.
The contract was awarded at a special meeting on Thursday. Before the vote, school superintendent Aaron McKinney advised the board that Gerald Martin Ltd. had been chosen by a six-member review board from a selection of six possible contractors.
"This was the biggest pool of quality contractors that the school has ever had to choose from," McKinney said.
Board member Doug Powers asked if the school had enough funds to begin and complete phase one of construction.
"The bid submitted by Gerald Martin Ltd, is under the projected cost of phase one," McKinney said. "There is enough funding to complete phase one and the design of phase two."
The bid submitted by Gerald Martin Ltd. was $4,579,000. Construction on the first phase is expected to begin by late January and be completed by the end of the year, McKinney said.
"I am happy to see this project get underway," said board member Marty Garcia. "This board has been working on this project for two years, and it is good to see it moving forward."
McKinney said that the board would like to move directly into phase two of construction at the completion of phase one.
Construction of the new high school, at its current campus, includes renovation of existing buildings as well as new construction.
The estimated cost of phase two is $23 million.