Dorchester District Two has scheduled a called-in meeting 3:30 p.m. on June 12 to discuss its next move after construction bid results for two elementary schools came back way over budget.
“Nobody was as embarrassed as me,” Bob Folkman, the capital improvement facilitator, told board members. “The contractors I’d been in touch with didn’t see it coming.”
On March 24, board members fired M.B. Kahn, the contractor that had been selected to handle all of DD2’s construction projects. The board said M. B. Kahn’s cost estimates for the project turned out to be more expensive than what had previously been determined.
M.B. Kahn’s predictions were $19.8 million and $18.8 million, for schools the district estimated should cost $15.45 million.
Yet on May 21 bid results determined that, combined, the two schools had a low bid of $40.68 million – 32 percent over budget in total. One school was estimated to be $20.9 million alone and the other was $19.8 million.
Folkman assured board members he would work with them to figure out their next move.
“We have a long way to go,” he said.
During executive session, board members met with their attorney William F. “Bick” Halligan to go over “unresolved contractual matters” regarding school construction. No motions were made during executive session about the construction project.
Chairwoman Gail Hughes is optimistic the board can move forward after June 12’s meeting.
The meeting will be held at the district’s administrative offices.
“Hopefully we’ll be finalizing some things,” Hughes said.