Posted: May 20, 2014 5:46 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: May 20, 2014 6:50 PM
CENTRAL- A battle between two contractors to build the Central Freshman Academy will end quietly this week as the two companies agreed to binding arbitration.
Buquet & Leblanc won the initial low bid for the estimated $5.2 million dollar construction, but Cangelosi Ward argued their slightly higher bid should get the project because Buquet & Leblanc failed to file some paper work.
The issue should be ironed out by the end of the week, allowing construction to begin as soon as June 1.
That comes with welcome relief from teachers who are a part of the program, waiting for the building that would make their academy complete.
"Really the academy is based on finding ways and interventions so that these kids can succeed, because the ninth grade year is the highest dropout year," said Brandon Lagroue, a ninth-grade science teacher at the academy.
Lagroue thinks the new building will provide a sense of ownership for students, who sometimes have trouble transitioning into the more rigorous high school schedule.
"It'll be like home, it'll be a place where the ninth graders can feel like that's where they're supposed to belong, that's where they're supposed to be," said Lagroue.
The construction should be complete for the 2015-2016 school year.