The State College Area school board approved a contract for Massaro Construction Management Services to manage the State High project.
The company previously agreed to work on a contingency basis as details of the contract were finalized over the past month.
It will receive up to $2,402,730 for basic services that includes $215,000 for the project’s pre-construction phase and $54,693 per month for up to 40 months for the construction phase.
Ed Poprik, the school district’s director of physical plant, said the company will receive monthly $54,693 payments when construction begins, though the payments would not last the full 40 months if construction ended sooner. Additional services that may arise and their costs are included in the contract.
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The board also discussed the possibility of approving a Planning and Construction Workbook, or PlanCon, application at the Nov. 10 school board meeting. This summer a moratorium was lifted on PlanCon, a process for reimbursement by the commonwealth for major school district construction.
The school district could receive between $5 million to $6 million through PlanCon funding, though there is an obstacle. A backlog of school districts waiting for PlanCon funding could cause a delay in funding for the State High project. The core project team does not believe waiting for PlanCon funding would impact the project’s timeline, because land development and permit procedures should take longer than PlanCon’s process.
Poprik said to be accepted for PlanCon funding the school district would need submit a Districtwide Feasibility Study, which would be authored by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, the architect for the project. The study would detail conditions of each school district facility to illustrate that the State High project is its greatest need.
The school district would pay CRA up to $59,000 to apply for PlanCon. If the district did not receive PlanCon funding, however, CRA would owe the district a $25,000 rebate.
The school district also discussed the possibility of purchasing privacy protection insurance. The district’s insurance broker, Tom McKee, vice president of The Hartman Group, said the school district is not covered for privacy and data breaches. The board plans to continue to discuss privacy protection insurance possibilities.
In other business, the board approved:
• the higher of two bidders for beverage vending services. Coca-Cola was awarded with a $54,700.10 contract, though Pepsi Cola’s bid was $43,914.10. The board approved Coca-Cola’s higher bid, because Pepsi Cola’s bid did not meet the required bid specifications.
• the resignation of two teachers, Kimberly Franco and Susan Kleinart. Franco taught art at the Corl Street Elementary School, and Kleinart taught music at Park Forest Middle School.