BAKER — The School Board agreed Tuesday to pay an additional $44,649 for the Baker High School track project.

The budget supplement boosts the cost of the project to $680,649, officials said.

Voting for the supplement were Doris Alexander, Dana Carpenter and Troy Watson. Shona Boxie voted nay and Elaine Davis was absent.

The board also approved a change order to reduce the track surface from a top-grade material to a secondary-grade, allowing a $61,730 credit in the construction contract.

The changes provide for payment of the overall construction, architectural and engineering fees, testing lab work and geotechnical consultants.

Voting for the change order were Alexander, Carpenter and Watson. Boxie voted nay and Davis was absent.

Todd Mann of CSRS Architects/Engineers, Baton Rouge, had given the School Board at an earlier meeting a lengthy briefing on conditions

that have caused a $93,000 budget shortfall on the track project.

Problems developed with unsuitable substrata and a hidden water leak that halted work from Dec. 10 to May 24.

The contractor, J.F. Juge Construction Inc., Prairieville, has submitted a request to terminate his contract.

Barring any further complications, Tuesday night’s changes should salvage the project, Mann said.

Boxie had a problem with spending more money on the track and would rather the supplement went to teacher salaries and painting classrooms.

Other matters coming before the board Tuesday night included:

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: James Kador was introduced as the new assistant principal for Baker High School.

He holds a doctorate in education from Colorado State University and leaves a position as assistant professor at Xavier University of Louisiana.

E-RATE CENTRAL: A one-year contract was renewed for $19,000 with E-Rate Central, Baton Rouge, for technology planning, assistance with competitive bidding and audits, among other services.