Work on Highlands Elementary School clock tower to begin |
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Work on Highlands Elementary School clock tower to begin

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Brian C. Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
Marsa Inc. was staging equipment outside Highlands Elementary School in Tarentum on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, to erect scaffolding around the school’s clock tower, which the district has hired the company to restore. The work is expected to restrict access to the building for seven weeks.
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Luke Scabilloni of Marsa Inc. works at building scaffolding at Highlands Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. The scaffolding will be used by crews making repairs the the clock tower’s masonry and to the iconic clock, itself.

Work on the clock tower at Highlands Elementary School will restrict access to the Tarentum school, according to a letter to district families from Principal Samantha Perlik.

Contractors started delivering materials and assembling scaffolding Monday. Work is expected to take almost two months.

The school board in August awarded two contracts totaling about $92,100 for work on the clock tower. Marsa Inc. is being paid $60,800 for restoration work on the tower’s masonry, while BurMac Roofing is charging $31,282 to replace its roof.

The school’s main entrance will be closed while scaffolding is put up, and access will be limited once it’s in place. Adults will be able to use the steps on the right side when facing the front of the building.

Car riders and walkers will continue to be dismissed from Door 20 in the alcove area.

Adults arriving at the school with a student or picking up a student early must use Door 12 in the back of the building, also known as the “Butterfly Garden Door.”

Because of reduced office staff, the pick up times for student with an early dismissal will be restricted. Pick up times will be between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Children who are tardy for school during construction should be brought to Door 12, the letter states.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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