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Natchez-Adams County school leaders talk costs new school

The Natchez-Adams School District superintendent says costs for a new high school were cut from $42 million to $22 million mainly by decreasing the size of the proposed facility.

The Natchez Democrat reports the district’s architecture firm, M3A of Jackson, presented plans for a two-story high school to go next to the current high school at a cost of $22 million.

Volkert Inc., the district’s construction management consultant, had projected the cost for a new high school at $42 million. Volkert projected a 190,000 square foot building at a cost of $175 per square foot, or roughly $33 million.

M3A opted for a smaller building at 142,000 to 147,000 square feet at a cost of $154 per square foot, or approximately $22.6 at the high end.

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