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Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor

OSAGE CITY—The USD 420 Board of Education oversaw an ever-tightening budget for the facilities improvement during the May 8 regular meeting.

Project architect Kenton Cox met with the board to discuss the next round of bids. The board accepted bid for asbestos removal from B&R Environmental Services and Demolition, Lenexa, for $51,307.
“I had $70,000 for this, so it’s a good number,” Cox said, noting that McPherson Construction, construction manager for the project, estimated the figure as high as $90,000.

The board also accepted a bid of $26,526 for the irrigation of the football field.

“Our budget was for $26,000, so we’re right on,” Cox said.

Bids for the seeding and sodding of the field came in high at $75,000, more than twice the budgeted amount. Cox also presented bids for the locker room at $780,000. The bid included modifications from the original design, but came in around 480,000 higher than the amount presented in the bond.

“I’m not comfortable tonight recommending we proceed with spending 780,000 there,” Cox said.

Additional complications were presented with the storm shelter portion of the project.

“We’d hoped to partner with FEMA,” Cox said. “Right now, all our experience with FEMA is time delay after time delay.”

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