West Feliciana Parish Director of Public Works Jim Ferguson presented a contract proposal Feb. 26 to the parish school board from a Baton Rouge-based engineering consulting firm to oversee the remediation and clearing of the old St. Francisville High School site on Feliciana Street.

The contract for professional consulting services, valued at between $40,200 and $60,200 depending on the scope of the work, was submitted by Terracon Consultants, Inc. and was recommended by Ferguson, who is serving as an unpaid consultant to assist the School Board.

If the panel approves the contract at its March 17 meeting, the company will start accepting bids from contractors to provide the remediation and demolition work. The proposed contract includes environmental site assessments, supervision of asbestos and lead abatement, and deconstruction and clearing of the existing 53-year-old buildings, which total about 40,000 square feet.

“They’ll assess the site, conduct all environment studies, put together a plan, administer it, provide air monitoring — everything turnkey that is needed from start to finish,” Ferguson told the board. “They’ll stay with us until they’re done and we have certificates that the site is clear.”

Ferguson estimated the completed project will cost roughly $250,000, which will cover demolition of buildings and clearing of debris. Once finished and certified as having no environmental issues, the property can be sold, likely for residential real estate development.

“The School Board is in control of the timeline,” Ferguson said.

On another agenda item, Board President Kevin Beauchamp later said he and Vice President Milton Coates are working out the details on a new contract for Superintendent Hollis Milton, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the vacant East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent’s position.

Beauchamp said he hopes to have a new contract finalized for board approval at its March 17 meeting.

Milton also said the process to fill vacant principal positions at Bains Lower Elementary and West Feliciana Middle schools has begun and he hopes to have principals at both schools by May 4.