CHIPLEY - Despite earlier concerns, Washington County District Schools School Board is moving ahead with construction plans for new restrooms and concession stand at the Chipley High School football field.

At a regular meeting Monday, the School Board unanimously approved lowest bidder OliverSperry Renovation and Construction, Inc., out of Tallahassee, for the $411,088 project.

The approval comes after the School Board had learned back in November last year that the new ADA compliant restrooms project would not be able to move forward because of "bad dirt" on the side of the stadium that the project was planned for. It would have cost the district $61,500 at minimum to dig out and replace the dirt. However, the Board has since decided to renovate the old restrooms, clearing the way for the continuation of the project.

The vote to award OliverSperry with the contract was unanimous.

Also at Monday's meeting, Superintendent Joseph Taylor told the Board about a discovery of termites in the stage at the old Kate M. Smith Elementary, the site of the new headquarters offices.

Although the stage - which had historical meaning - had to be removed, a new one will replace it.

"There was an attempt to save the floor if we could, and it could not be saved," said School Board Chairman Dr. Lou Cleveland. "We saved everything we could, it just could not be saved."

Taylor did note that since students at Florida Panhandle Technical College are undertaking much of the renovations, the stage removal and replacement will not cost the district any additional monies.