Tough choices may lie ahead

BERRIEN SPRINGS — As next year’s start of construction on nearly $20 million worth of projects grows nearer, Berrien Springs school board members are facing decisions on whether they will cut back on costs to keep everything under budget or agree to contribute money from the district’s general fund.

Consultant Tony Leininger reported at Thursday’s meeting that the projects – which are still in the schematic design phase – are an estimated $2.5-$3 million over budget. He said his company, Carmi Design, and Wightman are looking at alternative materials and designs that could bring the costs down.