BOONE, Iowa—After a couple of weeks of negotiations, the Boone School Board this week, did finally approve the bid received for the High School Building project. Bids were received on October 4th. The apparent low bidder was Larson Construction from Independence. However, the apparent low bid was 7% over the estimates provided by the DLR Group, Architects for the project. The Board directed the DLR, Group to meet with the contractor and attempt to reduce the price, without changing the scope of the project. Tuesday, the Board accepted a recommendation to approve a bid that included two alternates at a price of $20.144 million. The Board then approved a change order, reducing the project cost by more than $1 million for a project budget of $19.127 million. The bid approval is contingent on the receipt of all necessary bonds and insurance. A large portion of the project costs will stay right in Boone with local contractors. Kruck Plumbing and Heating will handle the mechanical work, Enterprise Electric the electrical and Franklin Masonry will be the subcontractor for the brick and block work. It’s expected that ground will be broken on the new addition, east of the auditorium and swimming pool.