Oklahoma City School Board members approved on Monday more than $98,000 in change orders for MAPS for Kids construction projects at John Marshall and Douglass high schools. Nearly $11,000 in changes at John Marshall include installation of a suspended transformer, adding eight roof access ladders, and sleeving to expedite future irrigation piping placement. The revisions mark the seventh change order for the project, bringing it's cost to about $20.4 million. The ninth change order at Douglass includes more than $87,000 in electrical work, drywall additions and acoustical material for the school's auditorium. Change orders have increased the project's cost by about 2.7 percent, to more than $28.5 million. Both projects are being paid from contingency dollars set aside as part of the MAPS for Kids bond funds, officials said. In other business, board members recognized late district benefactor and businessman John Rex for his contributions to the district the past two decades, and presented a resolution to his widow, Berta Faye Rex. A longtime supporter of the district, Rex served on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation board, worked as a tutor, and backed the district's annual United Way campaign, in addition to other support. Rex, 72, died April 26.
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