YOUNGSTOWN Board awards demolition contract
Demolition should begin in mid-September and be completed within three weeks.
By HAROLD GWIN
VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- It will cost the Youngstown Board of Education $261,100 to tear down North Elementary School on Mariner Avenue as the school district prepares to replace the structure.
The board, meeting in special session, awarded the demolition contract to Dave Sugar Excavating of Petersburg Thursday. The company was the lowest of seven bidders on the job.
Tony DeNiro, assistant superintendent of school business affairs, said the bid is within engineering estimates.
The district will pay Sugar an additional $4,000 to remove and store two reusable boilers from the old building.
DeNiro said demolition should begin in mid-September and be completed within three weeks.
The building houses students in kindergarten through the fourth grade, and they will spend the next two school years in the Martin Luther King building on Covington Street.
The new North Elementary will be built on the same site as the old structure and that project, estimated at $8.6 million, is to be completed by the fall of 2007, DeNiro said.
The demolition raised some questions from board members concerned about dust, dirt and other adverse effects of the razing that might affect local residents.
Some residents want to be assured that the site will be cleaned up and all debris removed, said Lock Beachum Sr., a board member.
Other board members asked about possible damage claims and whether residents of the area will be notified of the razing in advance.
They were told by DeNiro and others that the contractor bears full responsibility for leaving the site in an appropriate condition and for any damages that might occur during demolition.
The board also authorized the project architect to prepare an early site/utility package for the new building in an effort to speed up the construction process.
That will allow the development of plans for dealing with storm and sanitary sewer drains and other site work before actual building construction begins, DeNiro said.
The board also voted to authorize seeking bids for an early site package for the new Mary Haddow Elementary School proposed for Oak Street Extension.
That site plan estimates a total site preparation cost of nearly $800,000, plus another $160,000 for relocation of an existing sewer line.
The state will pick up 80 percent of the first part of the work, but the school district must bear the full cost of relocating the sewer line.
The new Haddow building, with a cost estimated at $7.2 million, is being built adjacent to the old school, which will remain in use until the new structure opens in the fall of 2007, DeNiro said.
That building also houses students in kindergarten through the fourth grade.
The building improvements are part of an on-going $202 million construction and renovation program in the district.