School district administrators developed a three-part process for advancing Delta Program plans in the State High project and presented it to the board Monday.
The board conditionally approved a $4.5 million addition to the State High project to include Delta Middle on Nov. 10. The addition expands original designs by 22,000 square feet and is conditional upon the administration updating Delta Middle’s educational plans and specifications.
“The reason we’re transparent with the planning, the documents, the thinking and the conversations really relates to, first of all, the community understanding what is happening as we go through this in-depth design of our high school campus,” Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said.
“The second reason we’re transparent is so that we can hear the thinking of our community members, our teachers, our students so that we have a sense of what they all think.”
First, the project design team will accelerate parking lot and site layout for board review Dec. 1 and submission to the borough by Dec. 15, which is necessary to maintain pace with the project calender.
Second, administrators will collaborate with the design team to document Delta Middle’s educational model and specifications, which will be reviewed Dec. 15 and will be presented as a complete document Jan. 12.
Lastly, the administration will present a financial analysis of the Delta Middle addition, which will include costs of operating Delta Middle at the State High North Building compared to housing it in a separate district facility, at the board’s Dec. 15 meeting.
The administration also provided analysis for the project’s timing and terms of borrowing and recommended $50 million in initial referendum borrowing in March 2015 and $35 million in borrowing in June 2016, though the board asked for further analysis.
“It’s fair to say further analysis will be completed, but I won’t speculate whether the recommendation will change or not,” business administrator Randy Brown said.
The board also announced that that school district sold $9.6 million of its general obligation bonds by competitive sale.
PNC Capital Markets had the winning bid, and the district will save $775,000 through the refinanced bonds.
The board also approved by an 8-0 vote Penoco’s $19,730 bid for asbestos removal at the Panorama Village building, well below the estimated $35,000 cost for the removal, which will begin phase two of renovations to the building sometime in 2015.
Board member Jim Pawelczyk was excused from part of the meeting to attend the Centre Region Council of Governments meeting.