Bonds will be sold to pay for the projects.
By LAURA MILOSER
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A high school kitchen renovation and a large group instruction classroom project were approved at a special meeting of Neshannock School Board on Monday.
Although bids came in higher than estimated for the efforts, the school board unanimously agreed to proceed with the estimated $1 million project.
Board members agreed that the kitchen is in need of renovation because of safety issues. Joe Gierlach said this is a project that all the students will benefit from.
"Costs are only going to increase," board member Richard Canciello said. "Although this is a lot of money, we should do it while interests rates are down."
R.A. Glancy and Sons Inc. of Gibsonia was awarded the $634,000 contract for the general contracting work. The company is doing the general contracting work for the renovations and additions to the Neshannock Memorial Elementary.
A & amp;B Mechanical of New Castle received the $147,852 heating and cooling contract. The $63,350 plumbing contract was awarded to Shipley Plumbing Inc. of Cranberry Township and McCurley Electric Inc. of Bessemer was awarded the $172,176 electrical contract.
The plans are to renovate the high school cafeteria, which will include new food service equipment.
The district will also convert the administration offices into a large group instruction room to be used for study halls, board meetings and large class presentations.
The administration offices will be moved to a central location in August as part of the elementary renovation.
The kitchen project will begin after the last day of this school year, and should be complete by fall.
Renovation to the large group instruction room will begin in November.
Superintendent Michael Hink said the April agenda would include a request for the board to authorize bond council to sell bonds in May.
He said the district needs 2.7 million to complete the elementary school project, and the additional $1 million for the kitchen and classroom project.
Township residents have been voicing their request to the board to make improvements to the high school auditorium. Hink also said new stadium lighting is also an issue.