Harlan County High School Construction Expected To Cost Much More Than Original Estimate

We're learning more today about an audit that questions the costs of a new eastern Kentucky high school.

State auditors say school officials underestimated the cost of the new Harlan County High School, now under construction. They say the school board used cost estimates from 2001 when they estimated the school would cost 23 million. Auditors say rising construction costs have more than doubled the project's cost to about fifty million dollars.

“It's important for them to understand how much money it will take to complete it. And if it's not the same project we originally envisioned what are the changes being made to bring it in with available funds,” says John Cubine.

State auditors say they aren't trying to stop construction now, but they want to figure out how to avoid this from happening in future school projects.

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