The State High project team showed up in force at a school board meeting on Monday night to provide an update on pre-construction plans.
Ed Poprik, the school district’s director of physical plant, led a team of 10. He submitted a draft contract to the board for their approval on the Aug. 11 between the district and Massaro Construction Management Services.
The project team also provided the school board with an overview calendar that will be posted on the district’s website. The calendar shows a general timeline of expected project milestones for the next year. They also showed one page of a more detailed calender that will be used by the core project team of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates Architects, MCMS and the school district.
Porpik said the core project team began to regularly meet for the pre-construction phase of the project, which includes finalizing on-site management plans for the construction phase of the project.
The core project team proposed an on-site staffing model for the project that did not include a full-time position for “clerk of the works,” a job where an employee would represent the interests of the project.
Porpik said he does not foresee the need for such a position to be filled, though he would remain open-minded as the projects progresses. He cited the minimum 30 man-hours daily on-site and his own team’s 137 years of experience between five district employees, including himself, as reasons that a clerk of the works may not need to be hired.
“I am very ecstatic to put this kind of team forward to manage a successful project,” Poprik said during the meeting.
The project team is scheduled to provide the school board with its next update on Aug. 25. The team’s goal is to have 30 percent of the project’s design complete by Sept. 26. Recommendations to the design plans at the 30 percent milestone will be a monthlong process throughout October. Dates are planned the Citizens Advisory Committee, school board, high school staff and students, and a public forum is planned, for those groups to provide feedback.
Poprik said recommendations to the design plans would be considered and incorporated for the 60 percent design milestone on Dec. 29.
The governor’s signing of the state budget impacted the school district’s funding by $132,000. The school district will receive $14,000 more for special education funding and $118,000 more for block grant funding.
The board also heard from Thomas McKee for the The Hartman Group, the district’s insurance broker. McKee proposed a privacy protection program, which would cover losses for the school’s failure to protect sensitive information, for consideration at a future board meeting. The annual premium of the proposed program is $13,530, and the maximum policy aggregate is $1 million per year.
In other business, the school board unanimously approved:
• a 2.1 percent wage increase for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which include the transportation department, physical plant department and food service department. The increase is meant to encourage individuals to seek employment in the district.
• Campbell, Miller, Williams, Benson, Etter and Consiglio Inc. as the solicitor for the school district at an hourly rate of $130 from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.
• a non-resident, ninth-grade student to pay tuition to attend the school district for the upcoming school year.
• a contract with Penn State to provide two lecturers to teach basic Chinese language courses. The lecturers will receive $4,000 each semester.