The Leander ISD board of trustees approved a $19.8 million contract Nov. 10 for long lead procurement items and early project startup needs for the construction of Elementary School No. 30, which is slated to open for the 2024-25 school year.

According to facilities staff, inflation has caused the cost of building materials to rise since the construction of North Elementary School, which opened in August. The cost of mechanical HVAC equipment has risen 49%, while electrical equipment and plumbing materials have risen 48% and 38%, respectively, district documents show.

However, the $19.8 million will be funded by project savings from LISD’s 2007 and 2017 bond packages, staff said.

Another general maximum price contract—meant to compensate the construction contractor for materials—is scheduled to go before the board in May 2023.

ES 30 will be located in the northwest portion of the district and is meant to provide relief to capacity constraints at Akin and Rutledge elementary schools.

A board workshop will be held Nov. 15 when trustees will discuss updates to LISD’s 10-year long-range plan and hear from the citizens’ facility advisory committee.