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New H.S. change orders discussed

Total cost of change orders for the building could amount to more than $1 million.

DALLAS TWP. -- The Dallas School Board on Monday night discussed construction change orders for the new high school project at a meeting just before the board celebrated at a dedication of the new building.

Bob Nesbit, of Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, told board members four change orders will be on the agenda for next week’s regular session, including those for issues relating to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Those change orders included adding handrails to areas on the roof and in the auditorium, adding maximum occupancy signs to certain spaces and fees for the rental of dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the auditorium so flooring could be installed.

The total cost of the proposed change orders is about $21,248, bringing the total cost of construction change orders to about $952,000.

Nesbit also said there is a pending construction bill from Charles Corby & Sons for the cost of asphalt and other services, which totaled about $158,264.

Board member Russell Bigus wanted to know whether the school board could seek damages because this additional cost would bring the total of change orders to more than $1 million.

Nesbit said this cost was foreseen in the beginning of the construction process, and it is covered in a clause in the construction contract.

What’s next

The next School Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the administration building.

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