Auditorium dropped from St. Louis high school plans as costs escalate

Construction costs at Vashon High School in St. Louis have climbed substantially, and some alumni and former school officials are fuming over a decision

to eliminate a 600-seat auditorium because of rising costs

. Original estimates for the project totaled $30.3 million. Now, costs have topped $35 million, despite the decision to eliminate the $2 million auditorium.

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