New Castle News

January 23, 2014

Mohawk renovation to cost $2.6 million

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Mohawk Area School Board this week awarded contracts for a $2.6 million elementary school building renovation project.

The general contractor will be Mahoning Builders, which submitted a bid for $554,906.

Other contracts are for $1,565,000 to Renick Bros. Mechanical of Slippery Rock for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and $580,000 to McCurley-Houston for electrical and lighting.

The project is expected to get underway at the end of this school year and be completed before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

The district is using its fund balance to pay for funds to  update the 31-year-old elementary school building. The project includes replacing all lights with LED lighting, extending air conditioning to the classroom areas and replacing ceiling tiles in many of the classrooms.

The board also adopted a resolution setting a limit for any property tax increase it could impose next year.

Business manager/board secretary Janet Crum said it is not yet certain that the district will raise property taxes, but any increase will be limited to 3 percent, the maximum  permitted by the index set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education without voter approval.

Mohawk’s property tax is currently 13.09 mills.

Under the guidelines, a tax increase cannot exceed 0.39 mills.

The board also:

•Hired Heather Chisholm and Lisa Kwolek as long-term elementary substitute teachers.

•Hired Allyson Morici as a special education instructional/paraprofessional in the elementary school.

•Hired Lisa Dugan as a Title I paraprofessional in the elementary school for remedial math and reading.

•Hired LeaAyn Petti as a substitute paraprofessional/secretary and Allen Marsh and Lauren Mick as elementary substitutes.

•Named Nicole Nocera as junior high cheerleading advisor for $883.