CAIRO — The Grady County Board of Education is planning to modernize Eastside Elementary School.

School board members voted Tuesday evening to begin the bidding process for a construction manager for a series of renovations at Eastside, which are projected to be completed in June 2021.

Applicants have until the end of the month to submit their proposals.

At the conclusion of the project, Eastside will have a new kitchen and lunchroom building. The existing kitchen and lunchroom will be converted into classrooms.

The project will include the construction of a new administrative suite designed for additional security at the school’s entrance.

There are no plans in place for the project as of yet.

Eastside was originally constructed in Calvary in the 1950s before being moved 16 miles to its current location in Cairo in 1984. Some additional wings have since been added to the school’s original building, but there have been few other improvements.

“They’ve painted the classrooms and put in carpet, but nothing else was done to them,” said Superintendent Kermit Gilliard.

With the modernization project, Gilliard said Eastside’s campus will be brought into the 21st century. The school’s electrical, plumbing, roofing and heating and air conditioning systems will all be brought up to date.

A budget for the project has yet to be finalized.

The school system has about $3 million from state modernization funds and an additional $3 million from the education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) at their disposal.

Construction is expected to be underway in late spring of next year.

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