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Construction at Chartiers Valley campus going smoothly

| Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:48 a.m.

Some of the heavy lifting has begun on the $80 million expansion and renovation project of Chartiers Valley middle and high schools.

Jason Day, project manager for PJ Dick, the general contractor, told the school board last week there have been no major snags at either site.

“We're happy and pleased with how that is going,” Day said.

Foundation work has begun at the middle school.

Day said there are two portions of the ground on former coal mines.

One portion was filled back in. The other was not.

Day said casing will be needed before pouring concrete for containment.

Superintendent Brian White said the monthly updates the district receives from PJ Dick will be posted on the district's website so the public can track the progress.

The boarwd authorized a one-time bonus for White of $10,000 for his work preparing the project.

“He has done a huge amount of work above and beyond his normal full plate,” district Solicitor Donald Palmer said.

The board also authorized White to receive a 4 percent raise in the second-year of his five-year contract.

Palmer said the raise is in the parameters of White's deal with the district.

Both motions passed unanimously, though board members Jeff Choura, Bob Kearney, Alka Patel and Sandy Murphy were absent from the meeting.

Eric Eisert is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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