Bids for the Early Childhood Center were slightly out of reach for the Slater Board of Education.
Monday, July 19, the board opened bidding at 2 p.m. and discussed propositions at its meeting that evening.
The lowest three bids came in at $1.4 million, $1.44 million and $1.4955 million and left board members with food-for-thought.
Superintendent John McEachern stated the district should go back to these three bidders to get them to "sharpen their pencils and give them a little extra time" to see if they can "reduce their bids" to fit into the district's budget.
Bids ranged from $1.4 million to $1.757 million -- a $357,000 difference.
"If they cannot get their bids within our budget then we'll have to look at other alternatives within the building plan itself," McEachern said.
The building started out at close to 13,000 square feet. Currently the plans reflect 11,680 square feet.
A motion to table any action to act on contractor's bids until they could agree on more definite figures was unanimously approved.
In other business, preschool tuition will remain the same for the 2010-2011 school year and the board agreed to adopt the preschool handbook as it was presented. Additionally, meal prices will also remain unchanged for the upcoming school year.
An administrative report boasts accessibility to the calendar. Soon teachers, students and parents will be able to access the calendar from the district's website for anything from registration to ballgames.
All board members were present. The board's August 19 meeting has been rescheduled for August 17 at 6:45 p.m.