FARMINGTON — The Farmington Municipal Schools Board of Education has hired a new architecture firm to take over design work for the new Farmington High School campus.

The move comes after the previous firm working on the project resigned last month.

The school district's board on Thursday approved Albuquerque-based FBT Architects as the design firm for the estimated $62.2 million project.

Board members accepted the resignation of the previous architecture firm, Greer Stafford/SJCF, at the Feb. 27 school board meeting. Greer Stafford President Scott Stafford said in a statement that the firm came to an impasse with the district and chose to resign.

District officials declined to comment on the resignation, citing confidentially agreements.

Greer Stafford had worked on the project since May 16, 2013, when the school board approved the firm's selection.

The contract with FBT Architects is for $2.75 million. Of that, $1.127 million is funded by the school district, and the remainder is paid by the New Mexico Public Capital Outlay Council.

The district's contract with Greer Stafford was for an estimated $2.85 million.

Ted Lasiewicz, the district's chief of operations, said FBT was selected for the project because the firm was the runner up for the job, behind Greer Stafford, when the district's selection committee interviewed the companies in May 2013.

FBT is currently contracted for design work on the renovation and expansion of Hermosa Middle School and the new school building for Northeast Elementary. The contract for both schools is $1.19 million, with $654,844 for Northeast and $535,500 for Hermosa.

"We're very happy with what they have been doing so far with Hermosa and Northeast," Lasiewicz said. "We anticipate them to continue to perform well on the high school project."

During Thursday's meeting, Mike Isaacson, the school board's vice president, said the district kept the work Greer Stafford completed on the project and FBT Architects will build on that.

"They understand they'll have to assess and get up to speed on the work," Isaacson said.

Before Greer Stafford left the project, the firm estimated the new high school would be completed in 2017, which is later than the initial estimated completion date of December 2016, Lasiewicz said.

As FBT Architects takes over the project, a new completion date will be determined. Lasiewicz said he does not believe the transition between the two companies will further push back the project.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.