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SHERIDAN, Wyo. — School officials in Sheridan County say a tight labor market is driving up costs, causing them to reject all bids for building an elementary school in Ranchester.

The existing Tongue River Elementary School needs significant roof repairs and school officials have been looking at building a new school.

The district has received four bids for the project but each bid topped $15 million. That's more than $3 million above the amount the Wyoming Legislature has budgeted for the school.

The school board voted Tuesday to reject all bids.

Superintendent Marty Kobza said one problem is not enough construction workers. He says insufficient labor is causing construction firms to bid high.

Kobza says options now include rebidding the project after the construction season slows down this fall.

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