The county will decide if it wants to proceed with these aspects of the project, Manchin said.
Each of the apparent low bidders needed to submit additional materials to the authority Thursday afternoon before any final contract decision could be made. Krason didn't think any contract would be finalized until Monday at the earliest.
Officials have 90 days to award contracts. Once a contract is awarded, any additional costs associated with that section of the project is borne by the contractor, he explained.
"They're locked-in at this bid price," Krason said.
The cost of the entire project has risen considerably above original projections, thanks in large part to about $6.5 million in site preparation costs.
Manchin said he and his staff had hoped to make up a little money lost on the site preparation through a lower construction cost.
The total project budget is still $21 million to $21.5 million, he said. Officials have allocated $19 million to $19.5 million.
"We've got some work to do," Manchin said. "I'm not going to kid you . . . we've got some work to do."
The authority is considering several measures that could close the gap, Manchin said. There could be as much as $400,000 in the state School Access Safety Fund, he said.
Purchase of furniture could be deferred. That would give the parties more time to figure out how to pay it, Manchin said.
Wilson said the county normally doesn't move on to furniture purchases until building construction is well under way. He thought these and other items like the technology to be used in the school would be purchased in six to eight months.
In brief conversations Thursday afternoon, Manchin said his staff had found about $500,000 that could be cut without affecting the integrity of the project. The county school system could identify additional funding as well, he said.
Manchin and his staff are meeting with school officials this morning to discuss the project further. Manchin said he would present the suggestions to the authority board at a Monday morning meeting.
Additional funding for other authority projects will be discussed during that meeting, but Manchin said he and Kanawha County school officials are committed to seeing this school completed.
Wilson said the site preparation team is a little ahead of schedule, and Krason said construction on the building could start as soon as November. The expected completion date is February 2014, with students entering the following fall.