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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

After sending a message to state officials regarding prevailing wage requirements, Penn-Trafford officials might target the state's construction-reimbursement program next.

District officials said that next month they might decide to officially encourage state legislators to restore funding for the Planning and Construction Workbook, known as PlanCon.

With a $32-million construction project on the horizon, district officials estimate they could be eligible for $8 million to $10 million in state funding if state officials lift a moratorium that has been in place since 2012.

“Every help we can get, we appreciate it,” Superintendent Matt Harris said.

With no guarantee of reimbursement in sight — despite an application on record with the state — the school board has been issuing bonds to raise money for construction at the high school. State officials say districts are awaiting payments for more than 350 projects.

State Rep. George Dunbar, R-Penn Township, is a cosponsor of a bill that would release funding to districts and impose some PlanCon reforms.

“I can't say for certain where it's going to go, but, at least, it's being talked about,” Dunbar 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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