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Quaker Valley Middle school project remains under budget, officials say

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Change orders and overall costs for the construction project at Quaker Valley Middle School remain under budget as a targeted completion date is less than two months away, officials say.

In September, board members approved about $280,000 in change orders stemming mostly from the summer months, board member David Pusateri said.

Among the cost additions was an $82,730 approval to install a sanitary line under the field at the Graham Street building in Sewickley, Pusateri said.

Since the project began, board members have approved $649,000 in change orders, Pusateri said — roughly 88 percent of the $730,000 contingency fund.

The project remains under budget, Pusateri said.

Construction on the $26.5 million project began in July 2011 and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.

Administrators are planning for a Jan. 7 opening with staff members moving into the building during winter break, Superintendent Joseph Clapper said.

Included in the construction project are renovations to classrooms, the cafeteria, gym and wellness center. A new auditorium and enhanced music and art space also are part of the project.

Since September 2011, seventh- and eighth-grade students have attended class at Anthony Wayne Elementary School in Ambridge. Sixth-graders are at Osborne Elementary School.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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