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Joe Quintal stadium bids come in $400,000 over budget

Bids for the demolition and reconstruction of the Joe Quintal Field stadium are about $400,000 over budget, but Superintendent Joe Graves said Friday he will recommend spending the extra money.

Graves called a news conference Friday afternoon at Mitchell Middle School to release the bid figures and to explain the funding package for the project. He blamed the higher-than-expected bids on rising construction costs, and he said some aspects of the project were kept in that could have been taken out.

"You only get to build these things once, and you need to make sure you do them right," Graves said.

The Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the north campus of Mitchell Technical Institute, located across from the high school. Graves will ask the board to approve a total project cost of $2.9 million, rather than the budgeted $2.5 million.

Graves said Friday that the primary source of additional funding will be $231,080 from the district's capital outlay reserves. That fund is expected to have $600,000 in it at the end of the year, so the withdrawal for the stadium project will reduce the balance to about $370,000.

"That still leaves us sufficient money in capital outlay," Graves said.

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