ROCKLAND — The apparent low bid to erect modular classrooms to serve both the high school and middle school in the Rockland area school district came in within budget.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald and Business Manager Max Black along with the district’s architects from WBRC Architects and Engineers opened the bids Thursday, Dec. 29 during an online bid opening session.

The apparent low bidder is Nadler Modular of Suffern, N.Y. which submitted a proposal to erect the modulars for a total of $3,040,000. The other bid from Aries Building System of Houston, Texas came in at $4.6 million.

The architects will review the submittals, rank them, and then propose a selection for the RSU 13 Board to approve.

The district plans to have two buildings erected on the grounds of Oceanside High School in Rockland. One would be a six-classroom building of 112-by-60 foot; and the other would be a 70-by-60-foot classroom building for adult education.

At Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston, a 123-by-60-foot modular building would be erected with eight classrooms to serve special and alternative education. The information technology department would also relocate to that building from the basement of the McLain School in Rockland where it has been for many years.

The plan is to have the buildings ready to be occupied by January or February 2024.

The high school modulars would be erected in the area where the skate park had been located. The middle school modular would be located to the south side of the school (left side if facing the school from the front).

The proposal was first unveiled in April 2021.

The district has about $3.3 million available from federal money distributed during the COVID-19 pandemic for the modular projects.

If the project moves ahead, once completed, the district would turn the McLain School over to the city of Rockland.