Decatur ISD trims bistro costs

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Decatur ISD officials recently met with representatives from architect, Claycomb, and construction manager at-risk, Steele and Freeman, to trim costs of the bistro planned for inside the high school library.

Decatur School Board directed staff to cut the cost of the project at its June 18 meeting. At that meeting, George DeJohn of Claycomb said the cost of the bistro is currently at around $670,000 without additional professional fees. The May and June projections for the project were $550,000.

After meeting with the architect and builder, Superintendent Judi Whitis said they are working to get the project down to $460,000.

“We’re still working on changes. But we’ve set a target amount,” Whitis said. “There’s been some positive progress on the facility.”

Whitis said they are discussing some changes with materials and kitchen equipment. There has also been a new bid submitted on kitchen equipment.

The school board will meet again July 16 and could be presented with the changes.

The bistro will not be ready for the start of school. Michael Freeman of Steele and Freeman said at the previous school board meeting that the kitchen equipment has a 12-week lead time from the day it’s ordered. After it arrives, it takes another three to four weeks of work to make it operational.

The district has increased the seating capacity of the cafeteria to 440 students to help at the start of the school year. Trustees voted earlier in the spring to close the high school campus during lunch next school year.

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