NEW CASTLE —
Gabriel submitted his resignation as superintendent, effective Jan. 31, when the board rejected the Lockley project because of the cost.
The members realized the district could be charged $7 million in penalties for repaying $17.5 million in qualified school construction bonds at zero interest to the state, so they relented and changed their vote to approve the project.
The district also already had spent $1.5 million in architectural, construction manager, legal and other professional work at that point.
Sarandrea has taken over the supervision of the project as it approaches completion.