COPPERAS COVE — Plans to build a new workout room at S.C. Lee Junior High School were put on hold after the company that originally was contracted to do the work retracted its bid.

The Copperas Cove Independent School District’s board of trustees voted Monday afternoon to scrap the latest bids on the project, which would create a 4,000-square-foot workout space at the school.

The district initially hoped to finish the project by the end of summer, replacing what officials called an “undersized” workout facility at the school.

The project was initially awarded to Salado-based Sandor Construction at a cost of $240,000. However, the company later withdrew its bid, citing escalating costs.

The district then rebid the project.

The lowest bid Cove ISD received was $349,000 from Tom Wright Construction, and the second-lowest bid was $383,000 from Pearson Construction. Both bids were well above the $280,000 originally budgeted for the project, Cove Superintendent Joseph Burns said.

“At this time we recommend the board of trustees reject all bids,” said Burns.

A written report on the issue recommended that the board rebid the project, along with upcoming facility improvements for the Avenue E Campus.

The board made no mention Monday of when it might vote to rebid the project.

In addition to the vote on the construction bids, the trustees also received more information on the 2014 budget and tax rate.

Members will vote on both items at an Aug. 29 meeting.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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