SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – The Lakeland Board of Education approved one bid and rejected another associated with renovations to Lakeland High School’s athletic fields and tennis courts, which is now projected to cost $1.5 million more than originally estimated.

At its Dec. 13 meeting, the board awarded a $219,875 contract to James J. Hahn Engineering to oversee construction management. The Putnam County-based firm was the low bidder, said Dr. George Stone, superintendent of schools.

“That’s a full firm price for all construction management fees,” Stone said. “It includes everything that needs to be done in managing the project.”

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Minutes earlier, the board rejected all bids it received for electrical work. Stone said they came in higher than expected.

“This happens sometimes when you bid projects,” Stone said. “In this particular case, the bids for the electrical came in higher and, in looking at that, we felt that we could make some design changes and re-bid that, possibly get those bids lower.”

The two bids were: $448,700 from Foremost Electric Corp. and $599,000 from Naber Electric Corp. The district hoped bids would come in under $400,000.

The work at Lakeland requires removing approximately 25 feet of clay that has caused erosion and flooding of fields on much of the property, as well as cracking and dangerous conditions on the tennis courts. The project will remove the poor soil, replace the underground drainage system that is not functioning, replace the tennis courts, and replace the baseball and softball fields with synthetic turf, as well as designing a multipurpose field as part of the baseball field.

The project, not including the management or electrical work, was estimated to cost $4 million, but bids have come in at around $5.5 million, said James Van Develde, the district’s communications director.

A community forum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School to discuss the project and its cost.