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New Thomas Jefferson bleacher project could be re-bid

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

A second set of bids for installing new bleachers in Thomas Jefferson High School's gymnasium likely will be sought, after the school board rejected the previous bids.

West Jefferson Hills School Board members unanimously rejected the two bids received last week, Superintendent Michael Panza said. Neither company met requirements in the request for proposals, and they failed to submit a schedule for construction, Panza said.

“We looked at it as they were nonresponsive,” he said.

The planned new bleachers would be constructed so that they could be moved to a different facility, if a new high school is built, Panza said. They likely would be moved to Pleasant Hills Middle School or Jefferson Elementary.

Audit findings

West Jefferson Hills School District officials say they will closely review transportation documents in the future, before submitting them to state officials.

The length of the next transportation contract also will be taken into consideration. Board members unanimously approved a corrective action plan last week as required by the state auditor general's department, for findings in the 2009 and 2010 audits.

Findings included issues with the length of the 10-year transportation contract with Matthews Bus Company, and with district expenses for transportation in 2010 exceeding the state average, according to the district's response letter.

Superintendent Michael Panza and Tracy Harris, the district's director of finance, were not employed by the district when the 2009 and 2010 audits were conducted, the corrective action plan states.

The district is entering the seventh year of the 10-year transportation contract, and “the rates and terms were deemed to be favorable to the district” when the contract began, the action plan states.

An error by the district's former business manager accounted for the higher-than-normal transportation expenses, the plan states. To correct this, the superintendent and director of finance both will review submissions in the future, Panza said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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