The Elk River Area School Board approved during a special meeting March 27 bids for upcoming construction at Salk Middle School.
The scope of the project widened in recent weeks after unexpected costs, such as sewer piping needs and structural issues, drove up the overall project cost. District officials previously estimated the total cost of the new work to be $1.4 million over budget.
Greg Hein, the school district’s executive director of business services, reported that after factoring in architectural fees, testing and contingency costs, the project is now $2.1 million over budget, or approximately $9.7 million overall.
The construction work is scheduled to take place over the course of the next two summers.