The new Farley Elementary School currently under construction is already costing more than estimated.
Auburn-Washburn USD 437 spokesperson Martin Weishaar says the construction is running about $900,000 over budget.
He says it is mostly due to construction and material costs being higher that originally budgeted. He also says the district is changing some of the flooring and wall materials to save money.
An audio-visual system planned for a gymnasium is also being cut out of the revised plans.
Weishaar added these details: "The budget included about 5% as a contingency for unanticipated costs. In addition, now that bids are in we have made adjustments in planned equipment, floor materials, wall materials, etc. that have lowered the costs. It looks like the total will be about 5.3% above the budgeted amount. Because of the scope of the bond, the district has the ability to manage the other projects to keep the total within the budgeted amount. We believe this will not present a problem."
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