BRUNSWICK –– District officials said Monday they will tap a contingency fund set aside for the new middle school project to handle some additional costs.
This will not cause the district to go over its original budget, but it does mean less money will be available should the project experience more cost overruns.
The total extra costs to the district come to $192,946.25.
“They’re not really additions to the budget,” said district Treasurer Mark Pepera. “We have what’s called contingency funding for the project … the money is budgeted in a contingency fund. … So basically what we are doing is reducing our contingency fund to cover these expenses.”
The school board discussed several changes to the budget for the new middle school project, including those related to remediation of unsuitable soils at the temporary parking lot, additional tree removal and additional demolition of buildings on the new properties bought by the district for the project.
In November 2017, district voters approved a $48.1 million bond issue to allow Brunswick Schools to consolidate Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts middle schools into one building on 30 acres of land owned by the district on Pearl Road behind Edwards and Visintainer, built in 1949.
Edwards and Visintainer schools will be torn down; the future of Willetts on Hadcock Road has not been decided. The demolition of the current two middle schools will occur as soon as students finish the 2019-20 school year.
Construction of the new middle school is expected to be finished in time for the 2020-21 school year.