The Clinton School Board on Monday night approved spending $4.4 million for the second phase of the addition at Clinton High School.

The board first approved the based bid of $3,670,000 submitted by Swanson Construction, which is based in the Quad-Cities. Along with the base bid, other amounts included in the $4.4 million are the cost of lockers, which came in at $102,503; the addition of window replacements at a cost of $33,000 and doors at $86,000; as well as architectural, engineering, and other expenses known as soft costs.

The work is being paid for with a $30 million bond, which also is being used to cover the first phase of the project, which will see the installation of a new pool, locker rooms, aerobics room and gym and wrestling room, among the amenities.

Sam Harding, vice president of Iowa School Construction Administration Services, of Jefferson, said while most of Phase I — such as the locker rooms, gym and wrestling room — is on schedule to be completed this fall, he did confirm that the pool construction is behind schedule because of problems with water appearing while digging.

He said the pool hopefully will be completed by late November, and that the old pool will be available for use if needed next school year. The weight room will move into the wrestling room, which will be ready in the new addition.

The board will tour the facility next month.

As for the costs of the Phase II, Harding said that the bid came in at $95,000 over estimate, which is about 2.2 percent greater than the original estimate. He said, however, that's not bad considering many projects around the state are coming in anywhere from 10 to 20 percent over estimate due to the increase in steel prices, and subsequent hikes in the costs of cement and wood that follow. He said steel has gone up twice in the past six weeks; soaring fuel prices also have caused bids to come in higher than expected, which he said is not surprising since the Clinton High School project will need a lot of heavy equipment to complete it.

The board unanimously approved the Phase II bid. Digging on the pool will start today.

In other business, the board accepted a three-year contract with Timberline Billing Services to process Medicaid claims from the district for reimbursement. This fiscal year, the district has received $500,000 in Medicaid reimbursements, which is significantly greater than the $40,000 collected in fiscal year 2010, district officials said as they gave credit to Timberline's work.

The board also accepted $100 from Chris and Kindell Farwell to pay for books for the Whittier Elementary School Learning Resource Center and $800 from Whitetails Unlimited for the high school's archery club.

The board also:

• accepted a $9,432 bid from Abatement Specialties for upcoming abatement work at Clinton High School. The business, which is located in the Quad-Cities, has now set up shop in Clinton as well, district officials said.

• approved a proposal request for an additional sanitary line in the Clinton High School addition project at a cost of $10,116;

• accepted a change order for the revision of the elevator breaker and wire size for the elevator at the new school addition at a cost of $581;

• approved the 28E agreement between Clinton Community College and the school district for Automotive Technology and Construction Trades programs for the 2011-2012 school year; and

• approved the certified budget with a property tax rate of 16.9488 and a 9 percent state income tax surtax rate. Estimated expenditures for all funds will be $74,783,514. District officials point out that the tax rate for fiscal year 2012 is 181⁄2 cents less than the current year.