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High costs force trims to new school

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – The Vale School District has agreed to pay the architects for a new middle school an extra $75,000 to oversee the construction and supervise their own work, district officials disclosed last week.

District officials also said that the district has so far spent $300,000 on architects but there is not yet a rendering of the new building. Architects have produced a floor plan and site plan.

Questions about the progress of the new school come 10 months after voters approved an $8 million bond. The extra property taxes pay for the new middle school and repairs to other schools across the district.

The district told voters last fall the new middle school would cost about $10 million. The latest cost estimate provided to the Malheur Enterprise showed the new school would cost $11.6 million. And that was after $1.5 . . .