A $1,378,900 bid was accepted by the Madison Consolidated School Board during a special meeting Monday for renovations to the junior high school natatorium.

The school board accepted the lowest bid submitted, which was from Parco Constructors Group.

The Louisville-based company had initially estimated construction costs to be $1,366,000, however the board decided to replace the 40-year-old pumping system beneath the pool. The additional cost is $12,900.

"The last time we shut the pool down, it (the pumps) locked up on us. I don't want to take a chance without them. It's a good time to do it since we have the money available at the moment," said Director of Operations Mike Robinson.

The renovation will include cosmetic improvements to the natatorium including painting and a new ceramic tile pool deck.

Construction also will involve relocation of the viewing area inside the natatorium. A 17-by-42 foot mechanical support platform will be installed on the roof for a new rooftop unit.

Many of the changes are designed to bring the pool up to code.

School Superintendent Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger suggested the board appoint members to a building project committee.

Board president Todd Bass said he'd like all of the board members to consider how they would like to be involved in the committee.

"I would like to see as many of us involved as possible," Bass said. "All of us need to be involved."

The board's next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.