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On June 8, the District 65 School Board decided by a 6-0 vote to reject all bids received to construct an underground storm water retention area at Lincoln School. The District’s consulting engineer Gewalt Hamilton Associates Inc. estimated the cost to complete the project, not including professional and permit fees, at $685,000. The low bid came in at $884,000, not including professional and permit fees.

Tom Rychlik of Gewalt Hamilton said he believed the bids came in higher than the estimate largely due to the timing of the request for bids which took place after many experienced contractors had already accepted other projects for the summer of 2015. He told Board members that he thought if the project was rebid in November that bids would come in closer to the estimate.

The Board plans to seek bids for the project in November 2015 and to proceed with the project in the summer of 2016.