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The pool at Goshen Middle School, pictured here, will be replaced with a new pool as part of the school corporation's $17 million renovation project. A committee will choose which company should do the work in a meeting on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Goshen Schools administration center. (Larry Tebo / The Elkhart Truth, File)

In this file photo, Goshen Middle School students board a bus to go to the Summit Academy alternative education program at the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen. Both the middle school and the high school will be renovated using the school corporation's $17 million won in the fall 2013 referendum. (Marlys Weaver-Stoesz / The Elkhart Truth, File) (Buy this photo)
Goshen schools committee to choose best company for referendum work
Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

GOSHEN — Goshen schools has $17 million to spend, and part of that could go to a local company.

Back in fall 2013, the school corporation won its referendum, giving it the chance to do some major renovation with taxpayer money.

Schools will get more classroom space for music and fitness classes, and the middle school will get a new pool and a remodeled cafeteria.

Since the corporation won the referendum, a committee of seven people has been researching what company should actually do all the construction work.

This committee meets at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, to make a decision.

Ancon Construction of Goshen still is in the running to get the project, as well as two Fort Wayne companies: The Hagerman Group and Weigand Construction.

When the committee met in February, it rated Ancon Construction in between Hagerman in first place and Weigand in third based on each company’s expertise, ability to meet schedules, experience working in a design-build model and ability to maintain excellent and energy-efficient learning environments.

On Wednesday the committee will review the three companies’ proposals on how each will accomplish the work and score each of the proposals.

This is all done before seeing how much each company would charge, according to project consultant Phillip Wink of InterDesign.

According to state law, the members of the committee have to score the company’s proposals without knowing the price. Then the committee will open bids from each company during the meeting and read them aloud.

Finally, the committee will choose one company to recommend to the school board.

The board has the option to officially hire that company in its next meeting Monday, June 9.

Wednesday’s meeting is open to the public and will be at the Goshen schools administration center, 613 E. Purl St.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks