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April 22, 2014

George Washington renovations planned

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Area School District is embarking on more improvements at the George Washington Intermediate School.

At its meeting last week, the school board voted 8-0 to hire Eckles Architecture and Engineering to provide professional services for alterations and upgrades to the former swimming pool area of the school. Plans are to create a reading resource room, storage area and fitness room.The project expected to cost $30,000 to $35,000.

The amount paid to Eckles is not to exceed 10 percent of the total construction cost.

The board also agreed to award a contract to Continental Flooring Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., the lowest bidder meeting specifications, to install Marmoleum flooring in the hallways and 10 classrooms. The company submitted a bid of $144,022 for the hallways and $7.45 per square foot for the classrooms.

The estimated cost is about $5,000 per classroom, business manager Joseph Ambrosini reported.

 A contract will be awrded to A.W. Farrell & Son, Inc., of Dunkirk, N.Y., lowest bidder, for $349,359 to replace the second-floor roof.

The board also agreed to advertise for bids to paint the inside of the building.

At a finance committee meeting April 7, the board discussed whether to borrow money on a bond issue to cover about $3 million of remaining debt from the Lockley School Project and another million for the George Washington project, or to use the district’s reserve fund to pay for both or either.

Discussions about a possible bond issue are expected to take place at a special board meeting on April 29 in the school administration building on Croton Avenue.

 At the work session district business manager Joseph Ambrosini told the board about $3 million is needed to close out the Harry W. Lockley Early Learning Center project. In the fall the building will house kindergarten through second grades.

 The total cost of that renovation came to $22.3 million, which Superintendent John J. Sarandrea noted is under budget.

At that time Ambrosini summed up the mprovements  needed at George Washington before third-graders move in there in the fall, which include closing in a railing in the gymnasium.

The gymnasium has no padding on its walls, and railing on the second floor of the gym has an opening that someone could fall through, he reported.

“Someone did fall through it and by the grace of God, they didn’t get hurt,” Sarandrea said.

Ambrosini said  renovations needed at George Washington will cost $1.5 million to $1.8 million.

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