SPOKANE, Wash. -- The new Ferris High School on Spokane's South Hill was estimated to cost $100 million. But the District said completed it using $86 million. They decided to take the majority of that money and put it toward a science and technology center at North Central High School. That's a project that may have taken years to complete with the extra money.
"Spending the money now makes sense because costs will continue to go up," said Greg Brown of Spokane Public Schools.
The school district said that by taking on these projects sooner they're also saving ten to 20 percent compared to whatthey would have to pay for those same projects in the future.
"We do try to hire local as much as possible so we hire local architects and contractors," said Brown. "I think that makes sure the money is sufficiently spent and that it stays here in the community."
Another example is the construction at Jefferson Elementary School. They saved $5 million on that project and the district is using that money for nearby sports fields.
"Having new facilities and remodeled facilities makes the educational process better," said Brown.
The district estimated that it still has another $30 million dollars it could use toward future projects. The school board has yet to decide if they want to use the money now or make it part of the 2015 school levy.