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School board settles with contractor over tennis courts

West Fargo Public Schools have come to a settlement agreement with the contractor that built the tennis courts at Sheyenne High School.

Superintendent David Flowers said the school district had held a retainer of $113,000 from Peterson Companies that it planned to pay once the courts were completed and satisfactory.

But, it discovered a construction joint that could potentially interfere with the playing surface of the six-court complex and that the color and lines on the courts were not adhering correctly.

“They had a counter perception (of the work),” Flowers said Monday night.

Rather than head to court, the district and construction company met in mediation June 2 and came to an agreement.

The school district will keep $108,000 of its retainer and pay the remaining amount to the company. This agreement would release both parties from any further actions against each other, Flowers said.

“This is our best solution at this time in order to move forward and achieve a playable surface that is satisfactory,” Flowers said.

Flowers said the school board will have to decide how it will repair the tennis courts at another meeting.

Business Manager Mark Lemer said the district would have to completely demolish the courts and start over to complete the courts as first envisioned but the courts can be repaired in a way to avoid that. Sheyenne will have six courts, the same number West Fargo High School currently has.

The school board unanimously approved the settlement agreement at its meeting Monday.