The latest change to the project added an additional $12,738 to the improvements, which brings the total cost to $582,738, according to district Business Administrator Bernardo Giuliana.
"I don't care if it's $1,800 or $12,738.16, I'd like an explanation why there's an additional $13,000 on the girls locker room we thought was finished," said board member Kevin McEvoy during a meeting last month.The project, which includes the addition of six new wooden doors, new surfacemounted shower fixtures, a new sprinkler pipe cap, and the demolition of skylight framing to install a ceiling, according to the Sentinel, is progressing typical of any construction project, Giuliana said. He further noted that the changes came about as issues were discovered during the construction process.
"As with virtually any project there are items that always come up as you start tearing down walls and removing ceilings, you find conditions that may not have been evident on the surface," Giuliana said. "We want to make sure that it's done correctly.
Giuliana added that the additional changes are accounted for in the funding.
"I can't think of any project with zero change orders. There are always change orders," he said. "There's always an allowance for change orders, usually a 20 percent change order. It's not as if there's no funding for this."