Originally projected to cost $1.8 million, when the new, 8,000-square-foot wing of the Badin campus is completed in late 2019 it will be the first expansion of the school since 2006.
The school, which opened in 1966, has seen a historic enrollment jump in recent years.
Pendergest said the delay is a reflection of the financial responsibility school officials are exercising.
“We value the donations that we receive and want to be good stewards of your money,” he said.
“Several companies that have been friends of Badin over the years have submitted bids that have allowed us to lower the cost. We continue to work through this process and fully expect to start construction in the spring. The school board has expressed their full commitment to this project.
“As we continue to work with the companies who will eventually build the Student Development Center, we are also meeting with alumni and donors to secure the necessary funds needed to make this project a reality,” said Pendergest.