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Renovation project will top meeting agenda

| Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Connellsville Area School Board members will handle a number of issues concerning the high school renovation project when they hold their voting meeting this week.

The feasibility committee will meet to discuss the district as a whole at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the voting meeting at 7 p.m., both in the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center cafeteria.

The feasibility committee had changed its meeting time.

Directors have requested that Michael Omatick, director of buildings and grounds, provide the feasibility study from 2006 that was prepared by PJ Dick, Pittsburgh. Directors will have access to other options created by former boards.

Omatick said Jeffrey Straub, project manager with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, Mechanicsburg, has completed the feasibility study, and a nonvoting meeting will be scheduled to discuss his findings. Omatick said that John Pappas, construction manager with Eckles, New Castle, will provide an update on the high school project.

The update will include several change orders, the first requested for the project. Westmoreland Electric has presented two change orders, saving a total of $122,882, and Walter Mucci Construction Co. Inc. has presented three change orders, adding a total of $10,890.41 to the project.

Directors will vote on several personnel matters: an athletics physician, school dentists, the proposed recall of furloughed culinary arts instructor Richard Rosensteel effective Sept. 12 and adding individuals to the substitute lists.

Board President Jon Detwiler announced that parents can check on their children's cafeteria accounts and add money on the district's website,, at the cafeteria log-on link on the left of the screen.

Director Gary Wandel said CACTC carpentry students will be erecting two Adirondack shelters at Round Bottom, along the Great Allegheny Passage near Dawson, today and as long as construction requires. He said that more than 100 trail users camped overnight in the two shelters students built last year at Stewart's Crossing behind Martin's Food Stores in Connellsville.

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