September 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday evening, at the high school media center. During the 6:30-p.m. session, the Board will discuss the Atlantic Middle School Renovation and H-VAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) project, and associated costs.

Last month, the Board grudgingly approved a bid for the Middle School HVAC and Renovation Project that was nearly $750,000 over the 6.9-million dollar budget. At the time, Jerry Purdy, with Design Alliance Engineering, said the project came in over budget because of what’s termed “Project creep,” whereby items that were added to it during the design phase for one reason or another, some because of code, others for function or aesthetics, were not adjusted in the final budget.

While the board was not happy with the fact the project went over budget, they agreed that their options are limited, and timing was critical if the students were to receive a quality education with as minimal interruptions as possible