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After approval by all nine districts, yearlong New Stanton renovation starts

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A yearlong renovation at the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center began this week after all nine of the member districts approved the $6.5 million project.

The New Stanton-based center is pursuing the project under the guidelines of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act after the nine school boards signed off on Johnson Controls Inc. as the contractor.

Vo-tech officials are moving forward with the project after scrapping a previous version in January that was estimated to cost $9 million.

In September, Penn-Trafford became the first district to give public support for a project. By June, when the nine school boards formally voted on this proposal, none of the individual board members voted against it.

“I feel very good about that,” said Nick Petrucci, Penn-Trafford's representative to the vo-tech. “There was not one dissenting vote.”

An average of 88 Penn-Trafford students has enrolled at the center each year over the past five years. The district's annual contribution to the vo-tech will increase by about $45,000 for 15 years to help pay for construction financing.

The center's assistant director, Jeffrey Geesey, said construction began on Monday.

Among the scheduled work, crews will upgrade the building's heating and cooling systems and electrical infrastructure and replace the roof and the auto-shop and welding-lab exhaust systems, Geesey said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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