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Colfax roof repair project moves closer to reality

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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:31 a.m.

The Allegheny Valley School District took a step forward Tuesday toward fixing the roof at Colfax Upper Elementary School.

The school board voted 6-2 at its planning meeting to approve a contract with Canzian/Johnston & Associates of New Kensington to design and prepare bid specifications for the project.

Board members Jimette Gilmartin and Stephen Puskar voted against after Puskar's effort to delay the vote failed on a 4-4 tie. Board member Glenna Renaldi was absent.

Gilmartin and Puskar questioned why the board was voting on the contract at the planning meeting, rather than the regular voting meeting scheduled for Monday.

Gilmartin said she wanted the time to review the agreement before making a decision.

How much the contract will cost the district was not immediately clear. Canzian/Johnston will be paid hourly rates, plus a percentage of the resulting project's cost, Superintendent Cheryl Griffith said.

The roof has a history of leaking, which the district has addressed with patching, Griffith said.

The district stopped work on Colfax in February 2011 as it started a study on closing the school. The board in August voted to stop the study.

The project is expected to include repairing and replacing portions of the roof, according to architect Jay Johnston.

The roof was last scanned for moisture two years ago, and Johnston said it will have to be scanned again to see if more of the roof is wet and in need of replacement instead of repair.

The school board will have to vote again on having that scan done.

If a project is approved, Griffith said the work could be done next summer,.

In other business

• District officials are considering repairing the restrooms at the tennis courts in Cheswick.

The restrooms have been unusable for many years. The district has been spending about $2,000 annually for a portable toilet there.

Repairing the restrooms and making them handicapped-accessible is estimated to cost about $14,000.

The district will ask a borough representative to attend its meeting on Monday to discuss the project.

• The school board is expected to vote on Monday on accepting the resignation of Springdale Junior-Senior High Principal Andrew Leviski.

Leviski, of Lower Burrell, was hired in September as a middle school principal in the Franklin Regional School District. Both his start date there, and the effective date of his resignation from Allegheny Valley, are yet to be determined.

Griffith said Allegheny Valley is interviewing candidates to replace Leviski.

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

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