After a more than $62 million construction contract was finalized for Fayette County's sixth public high school, city engineers came across a stormwater problem that could add $86,000 to the cost, school district officials said.
It involves sediment basins on the site of the school at 2000 Winchester Road; they might need to be expanded to hold a greater volume of stormwater.
The basins collect stormwater, then slowly release it into a public system to control flow into storm sewers and avoid flooding.
A district request for the school board to approve the extra cost has been removed from Monday's board agenda, pending results from a study, according to Bill Wallace, the district's facility design and construction director.
"Naturally, FCPS would like to avoid an $86K" change in the cost, Wallace said in an email to the Herald-Leader, "We are working ... to reduce or eliminate completely the additional costs."
The total cost of the high school, set to open in fall 2017, is more than $81 million.
Based on the original construction contract of $62,044,000, district officials set aside a contingency fund of $3.1 million to cover unforeseen conditions at the site or to cover changes required by building code officials after the construction contract was set, Wallace said.
The high school will have about 1,800 students and include the district's Carter G. Woodson Academy, a traditional college preparatory program for middle and high school boys.
At Monday's meeting, school board members will be asked to approve $34,224 in extra construction costs to replace unsatisfactory soil at the new elementary school on Passage Mound Way east of Interstate 75. The original construction cost was $14,980,360.
For that project, the district has set aside about $749,000 for unforeseen extra costs.
The board also will be asked to approve the sale of bonds to help finance construction of the high school and two elementary schools.
The schools also will be funded by district money.
The new elementary schools — the second one is on Georgetown Road — are expected to open in fall 2016. Each is expected to cost more than $19 million and serve 650 students.