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Board Slows New High School Project

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor school board has further reduced the chances that the district's new high school will be able to open in 2007.
Wednesday night, the board voted unanimously not to send out addendums to construction bids to accelerate the pace of work on the new building. The board also voted to negotiate with two retired University of Michigan employees to serve as advisors on the entire bond project.
Board President Karen Cross says Norman Herbert and Peter Spradlin will help the board identify the next steps needed, and overhaul the reporting systems.
Cross says the two-week review of the delayed high school project by Dykema Gossett found that the project is running over anticipated costs, but is still within the total budget allocated.