Board to pay architect for reworked designs
In an effort to avoid possible construction cost overruns, the Washington County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to pay an architect more than $100,000 for reworked designs of the new Maugansville Elementary School.
The board voted 7-0 to approve a change order of $105,114 for additional work by Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc. of Hagerstown. According to information provided to the board, the firm's original contract for the project was for $557,280.
Boyd Michael, who officially becomes the school system's assistant superintendent for school operations July 1, told the board during a work session last month plans for the school are being scaled back to avoid spending as much as $3 million over budget on construction. Some of the recommendations include narrowing hallways and making some rooms smaller, he said during the work session.
Because of changes to the designs, completion of Maugansville will be delayed a year, and it will open with two other new schools in 2008, Michael told the board in May.