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Davenport board ends contract after high bids

June 24, 2014
Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport School Board has ended its contract with an Indiana architectural company after bids for a planned project came in about $5 million higher than expected.

The Quad-City Times reports ( ) the board voted 6 to 1 Monday to discontinue its contract with CSO Architects of Indianapolis for improvements at Davenport Central High School.

Board president Ralph Johanson says he supported the move although the district has paid CSO $1.6 million "and we have nothing to show for it."

The board's action followed news that bids for the project were about $5 million more than the nearly $25.4 million budgeted.

The district last summer approved plans for an eight-lane pool, 900-seat auditorium, tennis courts and additional parking.

Several CSO representatives who attended the meeting left immediately after the vote.


Information from: Quad-City Times,



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