The Sioux City School District is back at the drawing board Tuesday afternoon after rejecting bids to build the new Bryant Elementary School. The two bids received were each more than $2 million over budget.
The old Bryant Elementary School building dated back to the 1880’s. The district opted to tear it down and planned to build a new Bryant school at that site.
Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman tells us he thinks a mix-up over plans for a storm shelter in the new school building may have led to the cost overrun in the construction proposals they received.
“What we believe may have happened is that they created a stronger foundation for this potential storm shelter, but when the storm shelter was no longer required, they may not have removed the amount of concrete necessary to support just that item. That’s a speculation at this time, they’re certainly working through the number to figure that out” says Dr. Paul Gausman, Sioux City Schools Superintendent.
Dr. Gausman visited Crescent Elementary earlier Tuesday, that’s where where Bryant students have been bussed to attend classes while they await the new school. He’s disappointed at the construction setback, but says the district has no choice.