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SCASD considers staggered timeline for elementary projects

A request for proposal indicated that Memorial Field could possibly return to its 2010 size of 4,000 seats. Today, it sits just more than 2,500.
A request for proposal indicated that Memorial Field could possibly return to its 2010 size of 4,000 seats. Today, it sits just more than 2,500. Centre Daily Times, file

During Monday evening’s meeting of the State College Area School District board of directors, the administration proposed a staggered timeline for potential elementary school projects under consideration at Radio Park, Houserville and Corl Street.

On July 1, the district was awarded two grants from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for elementary school renovation or construction projects.

Final decisions regarding any of the possible projects under consideration are now scheduled to take place during a Nov. 14 board meeting, but should the district elect to proceed with all three projects, the district has the option of staggering the start dates.

Under the suggested schedule, potential projects at Radio Park and Houserville would be bid in the fall of 2017 and completed by the grant-mandated deadline of June 2019.

Any possible construction at Corl Street would fall outside of those parameters and could be staggered to reflect a bid date in February 2018 and completion in August 2019.

Meanwhile, a community forum regarding elementary school projects originally scheduled for Aug. 15 has been moved to Oct. 17.

Under Monday night’s action items, the board approved three additional change orders to the State High project.

The first is a cost of $8,790.08 related to unsuitable soils that need to be replaced by the contractor.

Another concerns the compressor in the air delivery system in the Career and Technical Center, which needs to be enlarged at a cost not to exceed $65,000. The original bid was undersized.

The last change order was for an amount not to exceed $39,000 to fulfill an unexpected need that required a transformer, panel and switch for modular classrooms on the South Building site.

Related to matters of construction, the board also began a discussion about seating capacity in regard to potential renovations at Memorial Field.

The request for proposal indicated that the stadium could possibly return to its 2010 size of 4,000 seats. Today, it seats just roughly more than 2,500.

Adding seats would also increase the number of restrooms that are required, inflating the cost accordingly.

Expanding from 3,000 seats to 4,000 seats, for example, could cost an estimated $415,000.

Discussions surrounding the renovation of Memorial Field will continue into the fall.

Earlier in the evening, the board also approved the K-12 English/language arts and K-5 library curriculums.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will find their ELA writing units structured around three specific genres — narrative, informational and opinion/argument.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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