Trustees of the Georgetown ISD school board approved a maximum price for the district's second agriculture barn Nov. 13, allowing no more than $4,155,500 to be spent on its construction.

In a nutshell

GISD trustees set a maximum price for the barn that includes an owner contingency of $250,000, contractor contingency of $100,000 and cost escalation allowance of $50, per district documents detailing the price cap provided by Chaney-Cox construction. The barn will be located on the Georgetown High School campus.

The backstory

A project of the 2021 bond, voters approved the use of $10.3 million for the construction of two barns. The new agriculture barn at East View High School that opened Nov. 6 is double the size of the older GHS barn at 80 pens, which will allow for the program to accommodate more students who do not already have a place to keep their animals at home, said Bretton Schultz, GISD's career and technical education director. Once the second barn is completed, the program's capacity will effectively quadruple.

What's next?

District officials will break ground on the new agriculture barn soon, Superintendent Devin Padavil said.

The new barn is expected to open in fall 2024. The GHS barn will be the same as the EVHS barn, but with blue trim instead of red, said Melinda Brasher, GISD executive director for communications and community engagement.