Penn-Trafford board whittles wish list
The wish list is a little shorter.
Penn-Trafford officials no longer are considering a new heater for the high school pool or a pricier roof upgrade for the district's biggest building if there is wiggle room in the construction budget.
But a $3.5-million annex housing an auxiliary gym, fitness center and maintenance facility remains a highly desired add-on to the upcoming high school project if the district can afford it.
School board members will spend the next several weeks deciding which alternate projects to include when they seek bids for the remodeling. Though the project is estimated to cost about $32 million, they hope some savings in the base bids can be shifted to other work they contend is necessary.
Administrators want board members to rank their priorities next month so they are ready to solicit bids in April, interim Superintendent Matt Harris said. The construction manager plans for the board to approve contracts for general construction, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning — and any alternates — in May.
“We want to make a good decision so we have it ahead of time,” he said.
The annex is the most-expensive potential alternate, but it's a feature that many officials say would provide much-needed space.
An auxiliary gym would cut down on the scheduling hassles and transportation woes, Athletic Director Kerry Hetrick said.
On most days, teams practice or play at the high school in shifts from 3 to 9 p.m., he said. Some other schools can schedule boys and girls basketball games at the same time because they have multiple courts.
At Penn-Trafford, the lack of an auxiliary gym means some athletes have to take a bus to practice or play at another district building or go home for a few hours until the high school is available for their team, Hetrick said.
“It makes for a very tight schedule, and it makes for a pecking order with varsity at the top,” he said.
Other options include new Warrior Stadium restrooms that would be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, new boilers to replace equipment from the 1990s, the addition of two tennis courts and 24 parking spaces, restoring the library skylight and new lighting and parking near the baseball field.
Officials have decided to add to the base bid an estimated $47,000 to create a gated, gravel access road to Warrior Court for emergency and maintenance workers to use. They also are planning to include the widening of the bus loop by 6 feet to create 35 to 40 more parking spaces at a cost of about $20,000.
The idea to replace the pool heater has sunk, though. District consultants say the heater still has a 10-year lifespan, while a new one would cost $58,350.
Last month, swimming coach Dave Babik told the school board that opposing swimmers and their families openly criticize the quality of Penn-Trafford's pool.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lou Bohince honored for boosting Harrison City’s ‘small-town feel’
- High school parking limited for Penn-Trafford graduation
- PTARC to cover Safe Sitter baby-sitting training
- Penn adds conditions to driller’s 2 proposed gas well sites
- Lawsuit by fired Penn-Trafford Spanish teacher could go to nonjury trial
- Penn-Trafford School Board challenger dies, 2 incumbents remain