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CEDAR FALLS — Change orders to be considered by the Board of Education Monday will mean a $278,000 reduction in the cost of two school construction projects.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Cedar Falls City Hall, 220 Clay St.

Proposed reductions are $175,000 for the new Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School and $102,893 for renovations and expansion at Orchard Hill Elementary School.

For Aldrich, the entire amount relates to an alternate bid for a second reinjection well that was approved in the original $20.05 million contract a year ago. The expense will be deleted after officials found the well wasn’t needed for operation of the geothermal heating and cooling system.

The original contract isn’t expected to decrease, though, because the board later approved another alternate for $659,000. That allows builders to add six more classrooms, increasing the school’s capacity to as much as 640 students. Officials last spring did propose savings of $351,996 through a variety of revisions in the building plans, making the net increase $132,000.

Other project costs so far are $451,460 for grading work on the site plus related design fees and testing.

For Orchard Hill, four changes contribute to the cost reductions in the $10.31 million contract. Those include revising the front entry canopy ($70,213), deleting bump-outs and canopies ($20,015), changing some duct work ($2,597) and revising well water piping ($10,068).

Earlier change orders on the project had totaled $5,694, so these proposed changes bring the contract amount down to $10.2 million.

Aldrich and Orchard Hill are two of three Cedar Falls Community Schools’ projects being funded through a $32 million voter-approved bond issue plus existing district dollars, mainly 1 percent sales tax revenues. The bonds are being repaid through a property tax increase.

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Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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