Farmington Board of Education members rejected all offers on the $2.2 million project Thursday evening because they were too high. The project would demolish the current building and put a new one in its place.
With the project being prepared to rebid, the delay could push construction into the 2013-2014 football season. Both Farmington and Piedra Vista High School share the football field.
The project was estimated to be completed by the end of June or early July 2013, according to a timetable Barfoot submitted during the Oct. 25 board workshop.
"The bids came in higher than we expected," Board Secretary Nancy DeLong said. "It will put us back a little on the (construction of the) building itself."
According to the state statute cited in the report, the school district is unable to accept bids when "the lowest bid (is) up to ten percent higher than the budgeted project funds."
The lowest bid received was $2.69 million by Jaynes Corporation, the company currently building the new Tibbetts Middle School located near Twin Peaks Boulevard.
The bid was more than 20 percent above the project's budget.
Assistant Superintendent of Operations James Barfoot said he has been working with people on reducing the costs of certain components of the job, including items which came in higher than he anticipated.
"Lockers came in high," Barfoot said. "Some of the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) work is high. Some of that can be changed."
Barfoot also warned that some of the five companies bidding on the project were projecting a 10-percent increase in material cost in January.
Barfoot said he hopes to have the bid award for the project in front of the school board again toward the end of January.
"Rebids are kind of tough," Barfoot said. "But I've been doing this for 35 years, it happens once in a while. Contractors don't like it because they know each other's numbers."