Frazier moves ahead with construction projects
The Frazier School Board unanimously approved the next step in the process of getting Pennsylvania Act 34 approval for the construction of a new junior high/elementary school building at the monthly meeting on Thursday evening.
Mark Scheller, project architect at Eckles Architecture and Engineering Inc., provided board members with a draft of the Act 34 Project Description Booklet.
“It is part of this next process, which is where we present to the district, to the community, what the project entails,” Scheller said.
The process will involve holding a public hearing to present the plans and take comments from the public. That information will be submitted to the state for review. A tentative date for the hearing would be May 22, or 20 days after the hearing is advertised.
The state will then require the district to wait an additional 30 days for additional public comment before proceeding.
Scheller said the tentative maximum cost for the project is $24,566,295. He emphasized the figure is an estimate of the maximum amount the board is authorizing, not the actual cost of the bids, which should come in under that amount. The district cannot begin receiving bids or do additional financing over the $20 million already approved until state approval is received.
Also providing information for the board was Dave Esposito, principal architect at Eckles.
In June 2012, board members agreed to commit to a $20 million bond issue.
The resolution to start the process to set the public hearing passed unanimously Thursday.
In other business:
• Approved Mike Steeber as head football coach, Mandy Hartman as head volleyball coach, Larry Mikesell as head golf coach and Joe Turek as head cross country coach.
• Heard a report from John Phillips, supervisor of buildings, grounds and maintenance, during the work session, about the condition of the roof over the district offices. Phillips said the rubber roof over the structure is aging and has begun to pull away from the building at the edges, causing leaks. Phillips said he would like to see an asphalt roof on the building.
According to Phillips, there are older asphalt roofs on buildings in the district that are still in good shape.
Phillips will get specifications and present cost estimates to the board during the next work session.
The next board meeting will be held May 22.
Karl Polacek is a Trib Total Media staff writer and can be reached at email@example.com or 724-626-3538.