Wright City R-II school district approves $55K in changes to new high school plan

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 10/31/23

The Wright City R-II School District board of education in Missouri approved making changes to the plan for the new high school.

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Wright City R-II school district approves $55K in changes to new high school plan


The Wright City R-II Board of Education recently approved a pair of change orders for the high school project. 

The school board voted 7-0 to approve a pair of change orders for over $55,000 combined. Even with the change orders, the high school project comes in under the original contract sum.

One change order totaled over $29,700. The change order was to add masonry wall heights totaling over $28,900 and for additional erection and welding at over $5,100. The change order also includes eliminating the shower surround in restrooms and installing a block filler and epoxy paint. This led to a deduction of over $4,400. 

Board member Kyle Lewis noted the change to add masonry wall heights stems from a lack of detail on the initial design. He asked if there is concern this will be a recurring issue or if it is viewed as a one-time issue. 

Bobby Christopher of Wright Construction views this as a standalone issue. 

“I think this is a one-off Kyle,” Christopher said. “I mean, there's no perfect set of drawings that ever existed. We experience change orders in every job. If they were perfect, I think we'd all be doing something different. But yeah. No, it's standard.”

The other change order was for over $25,900 for an emergency waterline repair at Fast Lane and relocation of a private waterline along Fast Lane. The relocation will cost over $16,200. The emergency waterline repair carries a cost of over $9,700. 

The change order stems from when the retaining wall contractor hit a private four inch water line serving the residents of Fast Lane in July. The water line was 8-10 feet into the district’s property. Wright Construction deployed Kolb Grading to repair the water line to ensure the water service could be restored. Kolb Grading’s cost to repair the water line was over $8,500. 

After Kolb Grading repaired the water line, it was determined the line was further on the district’s line than planned. The water line needed to be relocated onto the homeowner’s property since the water line was within the foundation of the retaining wall. Kolb Grading’s cost to perform the work was over $14,200. 

With the changes, the new contract sum is $55,042,628. The original contract sum was $55,048,000. 

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