WAVERLY — The installation of secure vestibules at the Waverly High School will have to wait until next year after all.

District Superintendent Eric Knolles confirmed Thursday that the project would have to be put on hold until next year, as the bids the district got back for the project were higher than anticipated.

“The original plan was to have our allocation of Smart School Bond Act money pay for half the cost to put in secure vestibules at all the schools, but the state stalled on giving us that $600,000,” Knolles said.

Knolles explained that the district then planned on moving forward with its own funding to just construct the vestibules at the high school — at least until the high bids came back.

“So we’ve decided to just hold off and do all of the schools next year,” he said. “We should get our Smart School Bond money, and with a bigger project, we should get more bids back, so it should be more competitive.”

The endeavor was originally part of the district’s larger-scale, $2.7 million capital improvement project. In addition to the vestibules, that project included renovations to the high school loading dock, tennis courts and the Elm Street Elementary School parking; the construction of a ticket booth; and the replacement of the bus garage fuel tanks and fuel island.

The capital improvement project was approved via a public referendum vote last year.

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