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Work on new Kiski Area School District elementary school proceeds

| Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

Kiski Area School District's new upper elementary school is at least half completed, Superintendent John Meighan told the school board Wednesday.

The renovation and addition of the former North Washington Elementary School account for the bulk of the district's $30 million elementary-school building project.

The district's architect and construction manager updated the school board on the building's progress.

The upper elementary will house all of the district's fifth- and sixth-graders.

It is scheduled to be finished on Aug. 16, and in use for the 2013-14 school year, Meighan said.

Change orders on the project are said to have been minimal, using less than 1 percent of the project's contingency fund. The national average is 3 percent to 5 percent. Most have dealt with work in the existing building.

The district also is working on renovations at Vandergrift Elementary School. District officials recently met with Vandergrift Council to discuss the site and bus routing.

The district intends to seek bids for work there this month, architect Jay Johnston said.

Work would start by early July, he said.

The overall project calls for closing Bell-Avon, Washington and Laurel Point elementary schools.

Bell-Avon and Washington are slated to close after the end of this school year; Laurel Point would remain open one more school year.

On Monday, the school board will formally schedule special meetings at which the board will formally vote to close Bell-Avon and Washington.

The meeting for Washington Elementary is tentatively scheduled for April 29; the meeting for Bell-Avon would be April 30.

Both meetings would be at 7:30 p.m. in the district board room at the administration building in Allegheny Township.

Security entrance

A security entrance is expected to be in place at Allegheny-Hyde Park Elementary School in time for the start of the 2013-14 year.

The school board is expected to vote Monday on seeking bids for the installation of a security entrance at the school.

It is expected to cost nearly $190,000. The money would come from the district's capital project funds.

Work is expected to take place over the summer, Meighan said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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