After meeting with the architect Monday, Rowley said a conservative estimate is that the safety portion of the work will be completed this fall. All necessary documents for all phases of the work will be at the facilities and planning division of the state Education Department by June 1, he said.
There is no way of knowing how long it will take, but Rowley said he was hopeful that approval could come by Aug. 1, which would lead to an opening of bids by Sept. 1.
He said he was hopeful that work on projects such as the safety upgrades would begin soon after. While that work can continue when classes are in session, projects such as improving the drainage behind the middle/high school would have to be coordinated so work does not conflict with classes, he said.