State College

Board approves revised schedule for State High project

At a special meeting Monday, the State College Area school board unanimously approved a revised schedule for renovations to State High.

District Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik said during the meeting that the document package for the 60 percent review of the project is behind schedule and will be released to the board in two to three weeks.

The board had been scheduled to approve 60 percent documents at its Feb. 23 meeting. The new schedule has an anticipated 60 percent document approval for April 27.

“But to stay on track with the construction and begin breaking ground in June after school ends, the district is adopting a ‘phased bidding’ approach,” school district spokesman Chris Rosenblum said in an email. “The district first will bid this spring for a summer work package to build an access road skirting the South Building parking lot to the back of the building. Then the rest of the construction bids will be delayed from June 30 to July 23, allowing construction of the new high school to start in the fall as planned.”

The board also selected a schedule for making principal payments on the $85 million project. Three options had been presented by the district’s financial team, and the option chosen is a 25-year debt repayment term. The district will begin interest-only payments in 2015-16 and principal payments in 2016-17.

The average taxpayer will pay about $119 in referendum tax in 2015-16 and about $174 in 2016-2017 and 2017-18.