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Connellsville Area expected to bring architect on board

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:55 p.m.

Connellsville Area School Board expects to hire an architect today for a Junior High West renovation project.

Mike Omatick, director of buildings and grounds, was directed to obtain proposals last month from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates as well as Eckles Architecture to explore renovations needed to move elementary students into Junior High West.

Omatick said the proposals would be based on the total cost of the project.

The board decided in May to move junior high students to Junior High West and ninth-graders to the high school in the 2012-13 school year, close Zachariah Connell Elementary School at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year and move the students to a renovated Junior High West in the 2013-14 school year.

Projected costs for renovating Connellsville Junior High West are estimated at $700,000 to $2 million.

In other business, the board will consider:

• A request to purchase a phone system for Dunbar Township Elementary School at a cost of $14,400 from ASCC Inc., through the Intermediate Unit 4 Smart Contract, to be paid by the capital reserve fund.

• Raising breakfast and lunch prices by 10 cents each, in accordance with Equity In School Lunch Pricing. Prices would increase from $1.95 to $2.05 for elementary students; from $2.25 to $2.35 for secondary; from $3.35 to $3.45 for adults, and from $1.25 to $1.35 for breakfast.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at the Connellsville Career and Technical Center. A special voting meeting will be on June 27 to address the 2012-13 budgets.

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