At a meeting with the School Facilities Department last week, the Johnson County School District was awarded more than a half-million dollars for infrastructure at the new intermediate school now being planned.
The SFD also gave a verbal agreement for additional funds for the construction of the school, should the funds become necessary.
Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler was at the meeting last Friday, and he presented the idea that if the economy improves between now and when the new school goes to bid, and bids are higher than projected, would the district need to go back through a lengthy process of asking for additional funds then, or could the district get a tentative approval now because the district is under a time constraint to get the school built.
Buffalo's new school is using the blueprint of Sunset Elementary School in Cody, which was awarded $240 per square foot to build, but that was a number of years ago.
Buffalo was awarded $193 per square foot for their new school, and the concern is that may not cover costs if bids come in higher than expected.
Kessler explains more about the award and what happened.
Next up for the project is a public meeting in November that will address all of the changes to the design recommended at the last meeting.
Bids are expected to go out in January of 2012, and be awarded shortly thereafter. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring and finish in the Spring of 2013.