A project to expand classroom space at Carrie Lee Elementary will cost 35 percent less than projected.

At Monday's meeting of the Decorah School Board, the Board approved a bid of $97,625 from Dave's Complete Construction of Delhi following a public hearing which drew no comment.

According to Superintendent Mike Haluska, the winning bid is well under the $150,000 the District was expecting.

"We felt pretty good about that," said Haluska.

The scope of the project, which has a deadline of Aug. 2, involves partitioning off a third-floor music room to accommodate an additional classroom. A permanent wall will be installed, and the smaller portion of the former music room will be used for students in the English learner or special education programs.

There are currently six third-grade classes and five fourth-grade classes at Carrie Lee. Next year there will be enough students to fill six sections of both grades.

"This is not a complicated project. I don't see anything to prevent it from being done on time," said Haluska.

Other projects

The Board also approved a competitive quote for the Decorah High School stadium upgrade.

The low quote came from Voltmer Electric in Decorah for $34,655.

Due to new regulations, all electrical poles and transformers have to be at least 12 feet from the dike. This means the District will need to relocate the electrical transformer for the high school outdoor sports complex.

"Alliant already located the pole, but placed it directly in our competition shot put/discus area at the track. That will have to be relocated again," said Building and Grounds Director Greg Schaller.

The additional charge by Alliant to relocate the pole will be $4,823.15.