This metal paneling would have replaced the brick there, saving about $25,000.
Board members decided against the measure, however, saying it would make the buildings look worse and lead to more maintenance costs in the future with rusting and other issues.
“I don’t think we should do it, personally,” said Superintendent Michael Smith.
In December, initial construction bids for the new school came in at more than $6 million over-budget, which led the board to adopt some major scope changes to cut costs.
FGM is now completing a redesign that takes into account these changes. Once the redesign is finished, most of the project’s construction will be rebid.
The theater and football field will be returned to the base bid amount if enough funding is available after rebidding.
In addition Monday, the MVTHS Board discussed the new school’s entrance area for buses and the orchestra seating at the theater.
They also looked at brick and exterior insulation samples, and examined plans for the proposed Career Technical Education building at the new school.