Tennis courts part of developing plan for Battle High School

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | 6:09 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Eight tennis courts will be added back into construction plans for the city's new Battle High School.

The Columbia School Board voted unanimously Monday night to include the courts, which were initially removed from the plans because the project came in over budget.

The district plans to pay for the courts with contingency money saved for the project.

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said the courts were reconsidered because "the management of the Battle High School construction project has gone very well, and we still have a healthy contingency budget in place."

The contingency budget for the project was set at $4 million when the project began; after paying for the tennis courts and other items, about $1.3 million will be left in the fund.

Because the cost of materials used to construct tennis courts is rising, board members thought it was the right time to add them back to the plan before the cost became too high, Baumstark said.

The district will monitor the balance of the contingency fund and the cost of other items that have been stricken from the construction plan. These items will be brought to the board for reconsideration "as they become feasible," Baumstark said.

The new high school, in northeast Columbia, is scheduled to open in August 2013.



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