The district announced Nov. 12 the project is on hold until architectural work can be redesigned and the district can send out another call for bids for construction. The initial cost for construction was $4 million over budget, according to WCS, leading the district to rework plans to lower costs.
Principal Kevin Keidel said needs have changed from when the district began renovations on the building years ago. The new science, technology, engineering and math building completed earlier this year led the district to re-examine the space needed.
“Now that we’ve been able to see the effects of the STEM building, we don’t believe that we need the additional space in the cafeteria that was in the original plan,” Keidel said in a news release. “Also with the redesign, we were able to save two classrooms and the student services area.”
The renovation project will create a new entrance, among other changes, according to WCS.
A new construction schedule is expected to be announced once new architectural plans are completed, according to the district.
“I’ve met with our [parent and teacher organization] leaders and they are receptive to the changes we want,” Keidel said. “We all want to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. It will be worth the wait to get what we want. I’m not disappointed.”