Their decision, made at their meeting Thursday night, came after Bruce Nelson of Hopkinsville-based engineering firm JKS Architects said it would cost $253,539 to have Vanguard Construction build those as part of a change order. The contractor is currently working on an addition to the school to make space for more pre-school classrooms.
Nelson said that cost was “significantly above what we expected it to be.” Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby stated their original price estimate was somewhere around $170,000.
Nelson explained that Vanguard considered this project a “distraction” from their current project, and that the fact that there would be a separate superintendent and project were partly why Vanguard’s estimate was so high. He advised board members that the project can be completed for significantly less money, and that it would be a “premium cost” to go through Vanguard at this stage in the project.
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