The lowest bid to replace exterior windows and doors at Smithsburg High School was about $371,000 higher than the estimated project cost, but the Washington County Board of Education approved the contract last week.
The school’s windows and doors are more than 45 years old and in poor condition, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the school board during its Feb. 7 meeting.
The board approved the contract as part of a 7-0 vote on consent agenda items.
Waynesboro Construction of Frederick, Md., was awarded the contract with its low bid of $930,919, including nonprevailing wage rates. The State Interagency Committee for Public School Construction must approve the contract.
The estimated project cost was about $560,000, Rob Rollins, the school system’s director of facilities planning and development, said Tuesday.
Rollins said its difficult to pinpoint why the bids came in so much higher than the estimated cost. School system officials based the estimate on similar recent projects put out for bids, he said.