The Perham-Dent School Board heard an update on the elementary school building project and approved a recommendation for a change order which will likely be approved at its regular meeting July 13.

The Heart of the Lakes Elementary construction is moving head, according to Jeff Flettre, ICS program manager, with foundation permits granted. Footings were poured last Thursday, he said, and curbs were installed for the bus loop.

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"It's all moving ahead and everything is going well," he said. "There are no big red-flag issues coming up."

Signage displaying the local contractors participating in the project was put up near the Yellowjackets water tower last week, Superintendent Mitch Anderson told the board during its work session last Wednesday.

He also said that user groups have completed about 50 percent of the the design development planning for the high school project. Staking of the high school footprint was completed last week and plans were made for the board to visit the site to get an idea of the size of the new building, which is being added onto Prairie Wind Middle School.

In other business, the board approved Anderson be granted the ability to make change orders in the amount of $50,000 for HOTL and $100,000 for the high school, to prevent construction delays. Changes over the approved limits will be presented to the Project Oversight Committee and ultimately the school board for approval. The practice is common with large building projects, Flettre said.

It will allow him to approve single project-related changes that may impact previously budgeted amounts for specific items that need a quicker decision without calling a meeting of the board for approval. ICS and BHH Partners will review and approve all submitted costs prior to Anderson's approval to ensure the project as a whole stays on budget.

In the absence of Anderson, who will be on vacation for a week, board chairwoman Sue Von Ruden will serve as the backup for such decisions until his return. In the future, the board chairperson will serve as Anderson's backup.