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DENVER - Administrators from Denver Public Schools told a group of parents Tuesday that changes will need to be made to a proposed new school to meet budget requirements.

Design work for Northfield Campus in Stapleton, scheduled to break ground sometime this year, is $10 million over budget.

Construction of the new school was to be paid for by a $32.3 million bond issue passed by voters in 2012.

Administrators now say the only way to stay within budget is to make changes to the school's design.

Among the ideas discussed Tuesday was cutting back on the amount spent on furniture and fixtures or changing the design of some of the common areas.

But what has parents upset is the idea of possibly having a gymnasium with no bleachers or even the lack of cafeteria. DPS floated the idea of having meals brought to the school instead.

"There were some miscommunications and certainly things we should have done better," DPS Chief Operating Officer David Suppes said. "You do this before construction, so you don't waste money."

The school should accommodate 900 to 1,000 students when the first phase of construction is complete.