POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — The Longview ISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved a $2.23 million bid to build a meat-processing lab at the high school.
The winning bid went to RLM General Contractors of Longview. Trustees decided to pay about $182,000 more than the lowest bid to choose a local contractor.
“After looking at the information you brought us, my position is I would still rather go with a Longview contractor than an out-of-town contractor,” trustee Jud Murray said during discussion of the contract.
The lab, which will be built on district property just north of Longview High School off Airline Road, will allow students to learn how to age and cut meat. It also will help prepare them for work as a butcher or food service manager, or to enter college and manage a company such as Cargill or Hormel, John Denson has said. Denson helped design the facility and will help lead the courses.
RLM will have about six months to complete the project for the lab to be open by the 2014-15 school year, Assistant Superintendent Lynn Marshall said.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.