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Work on Greater Latrobe Senior High athletic complex unslowed by winter weather

| Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Work on a multi-purpose athletic complex at Greater Latrobe Senior High School is ahead of schedule despite the inclement weather over the past month, the school district's representatives on the construction project report.

Kurt Thomas, the district's clerk of works overseeing the project, told the school board on Tuesday that after six weeks of work, site preparation is going well.

The district has received a $24,694 change order to build an access road necessary for West Penn Power to relocate a utility line. Thomas said the initial price was $47,000, but the contractor agreed to reduce the bill.

Greater Latrobe could recoup some of the extra money spent on building the access road by selling excess topsoil that had to be removed in preparation for the project, architect Hank Tkacik said.

The district estimated it will spend about $9.4 million on building the multi-purpose fields, a field house and bleachers at the junior-senior high school complex.

In other matters, the board was told that school officials have continued to work with police and emergency responders on contingency plans for a variety of emergencies.

“We've been working on this for a number of years,” said Michael Porembka, Baggaley Elementary School principal and a member of the district's safe and secure committee.

The panel includes emergency management officials from the county, state police, Unity Township emergency management coordinator Peter Tenerowicz and Latrobe officials. “Right now, the hot-button issue is a shooter,” but we have discussed all kinds of emergencies, Tenerowicz said.

Greater Latrobe has had a number of emergency drills in its schools over the years, including fire drills and lockdown drills, Porembka said.

“I think some of these kids could do it in their sleep,” he added.

He has contacted state police to conduct a risk vulnerability assessment of all of its schools, he said, but Porembka said he expects that will be delayed because of the demand for such a service in light of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December.

“We've always been proactive here. I think we've done a really good job here,” said Susan Mains, board president.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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