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May 22, 2014

MVTHS amends agreement

MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Township High School has agreed to pay FGM Architects an additional $450,000 as part of a newly amended Professional Services Agreement.

The original agreement had to be amended due to the ongoing redesign and planned rebidding of the new high school project.

In December, construction bids for the project came in at more than $6 million over-budget, prompting a significant redesign. The redesign is now set to be completed in early July, after which rebidding can take place.

“It had to be revised because of their role being longer than what it had been previously,” said MVTHS Board of Education President Carl Miller of the FGM agreement. “More of their services are required.”

Factoring in all past and future expenses, MVTHS will owe FGM a total of $5,169,500 when the firm’s work on the project is complete, the agreement states. The new total factors in the additional $450,000, and will also include architectural fees incurred during actual construction.

“That’ll be all the way through the end of the project,” said Superintendent Michael Smith.

The total project budget for the new school is expected to be less than $72 million, Miller said.

The MVTHS Board approved the amended FGM agreement at a meeting Monday night.

In addition to the $450,000 in new expenses, the agreement also requires MVTHS to release payment for three past due invoices owed to FGM for “services previously rendered,” the document states.

These payments include an Oct. 10, 2013, invoice in the amount of $269,577; a Nov. 5, 2013, invoice for $269,844; and a Jan. 7, 2014, invoice for $328,842.

MVTHS officials had placed a hold on these payments earlier this year in light of the ongoing redesign. Officials had questioned whether the bills should be paid now or later since the initial bidding was not successful.

The new agreement also calls for a separate reimbursement from MVTHS in an amount not to exceed $75,000 for printing/electronic document expenses for the rebidding.

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