The Spring Hill ISD board of trustees approved a bidder Monday for its baseball/softball complex project, pending negotiations with the contractor.

In June, crews surveyed the district’s land at Spring Hill Road and Spring Hill Parkway, where the complex will be constructed. Board members also gave Superintendent Steve Snell authorization to solicit bids from contractors, according to board minutes.

Snell said the bids that came in last week were higher than the district anticipated. Five firms submitted bids, with three of them coming in under $4 million, said Troy Brown, Thacker-Davis project architect.

TCMC Commercial of Tyler submitted the lowest base bid of $3.68 million, which is “on the higher end ... but it wasn’t too far out of the norm,” Brown said. Board Secretary John Borens said the board will be more comfortable with a final price in the $3.25 million to $3.3 million range.

Though Spring Hill ISD is expecting donations to help fund the project, Snell said administrators might have to change the scope — or project design — to get the price down. With a 4-0 vote, trustees approved Borens’ motion to allow Snell to negotiate with TCMC on a final price “not to exceed the $3.3 million that (trustees) talked about” and possible scope changes.

Trustees Mike Henry, Ben Shelton and Karen Wright were absent Monday morning.