BAKER - Todd Mann, of CSRS Architects/Engineers of Baton Rouge, gave the School Board a lengthy overview of conditions leading to a $93,000 shortfall in the Baker High School track project.

Problems developed with an unsuitable substrata and a hidden water leak that halted work from Dec. 10 to May 24, Mann told board members during their meeting Tuesday.

The contractor, J.F. Juge Construction Inc., Prairieville, has submitted a request to terminate his contract and “we are trying to salvage the project,” Mann said.

To keep within the approved budget, an agenda item called for approval to use a less expensive track surface material and pay an additional $20,000 to restore the east infield and concrete curbs.

The east infield area is designated for high jump, pole vault and long jump events.

Options to overcome the $93,000 shortfall include surfacing the track with less expensive material for a savings of $62,000, deleting the east infield for $30,000 and the concrete curbs at track edges for $19,000.

The board finally voted to have the contract reviewed by board attorney Winston G. Decuir Sr. to determine responsibility for the board and all others involved.

Mann said all parties are meeting their contractual requirements.

Other matters coming before the board Tuesday night included:

TEACHER QUESTIONS: Board member Elaine Davis requested justification as to why two uncertified teachers were selected to Park Ridge Academic Magnet School over certified teachers.

The two teachers do have degrees in their content area, board President Dana Carpenter said.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday to deal with the matter.

The two teachers will be invited.

OFFICIAL JOURNAL: The Advocate was designated as the official journal for the School Board from June 1 through June 30, 2012.