The HVAC project slated for Chester Grade School is going to cost less than the $545,000 originally estimated, the school board heard this week.
Architect Earl Kleidon said it was determined the work can be done without building additional walls and duct work, which significantly lowered the initial estimate.
The board received three bids, for $338,800, $364,500 and $400,000. It agreed to take the lowest bid, $338,800, from A & W Plumbing and Heating Inc. of Murphysboro.
The school has had ongoing problems with the system for the last year. At the beginning of the current school year, the board purchased dehumidifiers to help with the situation.
Kleidon, and Superintendent Brian Pasero, had recommended the board instead go with the middle bid of $364,500 from Heartland Mechanical of Carbondale, based on their qualifications and years of experience.
But after considerable discussion, and assurances from Bill Todd of A & W that the work would be completed before school reopens in the fall, the board agreed on A & W.