- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - Construction of a new high school in Rawlins is delayed after bids submitted by subcontractors came in $7 million over budget.

The state of Wyoming is paying to build the high school. Officials with the Wyoming School Facilities Department tell Carbon County school officials the state doesn’t have any extra money and the local district would need to cover the additional costs.

State officials say another alternative is to redesign the school and make it $7 million cheaper. The Rawlins Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/U1wdrM ) local officials expressed skepticism about that approach at a recent public meeting on the issue.

Contractors across Wyoming have had difficulty finding enough workers in recent months and that’s been driving up the cost of school projects in Rawlins and elsewhere.

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Information from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times, https://www.rawlinstimes.com

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