Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Summit Schools Renovations

After a delay of several months, groundbreaking for the construction of an addition to Summit High School and a major renovation of Summit Middle School will take place this spring, the Summit School District Board of Education decided last week.

Both projects, originally slated to begin last fall, were temporarily derailed by unexpected inflation in the cost of building materials.

A combination of factors - including construction demands in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, high oil prices and a global building boom - contributed to double-digit inflation in construction prices, prompting the local delay.

The two projects in question were part of a four-project facilities improvement plan authorized by local voters in November 2004 with a $32.5 million bond issue. The other two undertakings - renovations of Frisco Elementary and the Summit Education Center - were completed before last fall's unusual spike in the cost of building supplies.

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