State College

State High project calendar adjusted

The State College Area school board met on Monday night to review changes to the State High project calendar and discuss a proposal to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a student holiday.

Board presented with new bid calendar

The board was presented with an updated calendar of events regarding bids on the State High project.

Under the revised schedule, the awarding of bids would be pushed almost a month from the originally projected date of Sept. 16 to Oct. 19, moving the start of construction further into the fall.

“The effect of this push is not going to have a major impact on construction activities,” Tim Jones, of Massaro Construction Management Services, said.

The altered timeline was created to accommodate delays involving 90 percent plan mechanical, electrical and plumbing documents.

“Those documents are critical to getting a good estimate,” Ed Poprik, director of physical plant, said.

Following a brief discussion, the board agreed to make the approval of the 90 percent floor plans an action item at its meeting on July 27 before bids are scheduled to be opened Oct. 6.

Students to get Martin Luther King Day off

The board voted unanimously to approve a proposal making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a student holiday and a staff in-service/records day for the 2015-16 school year.

President Amber Concepcion expressed her hope that the district would encourage students to view the day not as a chance to sleep in, but as an opportunity to engage in service.

Board member Dorothea Stahl thought that the day off would allow families to participate in the Martin Luther King Day activities taking place throughout the community.

“There are so many unique things that are going on now and it would be nice if our student body could be a part of it,” Stahl said.

Board votes to renew anti-harassment and anti-bullying policy

The board voted unanimously to renew the district’s anti-harassment and anti-bullying policy.

Major aims of the policy include providing “a safe and orderly educational environment” and prohibiting and preventing “acts of harassment and/or violence.”

There were no major changes made to the policy, which is required to undergo a district review every three years before receiving board approval.