CLINTON, Iowa — Bids will be sought for a new aquatics center addition at Clinton High School. 

The Clinton School Board approved the construction documents at a committee-of-the-whole session this week to solicit bids for the work. The action came as part of an overall discussion of a timeline for the next few years on construction projects.

Among the projects are air-conditioning work at Bluff and Whittier elementary buildings this summer, work later this summer on the high school addition, interior work at the high school in 2011 and seeking bids in 2012 on a new middle school with work to start in 2013.

Superintendent Richard Basden said the timeline and money sources will be fine-tuned depending on how the economy improves, the potential for sales tax revenue and lower bond costs.

Construction manager Duane Van Hemert said it is a good time to seek bids on the high school project. The latest estimate puts the project at $11.2 million, but he expects the actual costs could be lower.

The project will be broken down into four separate bids, which would allow some local companies a chance to bid on the smaller portions of the project.

The board scheduled a special meeting for June 22 to award the bids on the CHS addition, with groundbreaking to be held in July.

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