2013-08-22 / Front Page

So. Fulton Moves Ahead With High School Renovation

Awards construction bids in special meeting
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Southern Fulton School Board members moved forward with their plans to renovate the junior/ senior high school earlier this month during an hour-long special meeting.

Chris Barnett of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates was onhand for the special meeting that included multiple bids being opened and awarded to various contractors. Among those awarded for the renovation and upgrades to the high school was a base bid of $1,832,500 for the completion of general construction by Lobar Inc.

It was noted all bids are subject to approval by the district’s administration as well as its solicitor, and by accepting the bid the board is also approving and acknowledging the submission of Plan Con Part G and and an attachment for Part F to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The motion to award the bid to Lobar Inc. was made by board members Eric Barnhart and David Smith and passed on a unanimous 7-0 roll-call vote. Fellow members Sam Souders and Timothy Hull were unable to attend the August 6 special meeting.

On follow-up motions, the board also awarded the electrical construction base bid in the amount of $847,600 to Lobar Inc. as well as a $244,200 plumbing construction base bid to Carl E. Frantz Inc.

District Superintendent Hervey Hann told the “News” the cost of renovating the high school has been set at $7,055,000. That cost, however, does not include the expense related to securing the elementary entrance, which is being rebid. Tentative plans at the high school include the replacement of mechanicals, lighting, ceilings, data lines and asbestos removal. The building’s science rooms are to undergo a complete renovation and the school’s entrance will be properly secured, Hann noted.

A bid submitted and reviewed earlier in the evening by Southern Contractors for the proposed work at the elementary entrance failed to meet approval by a rollcall vote of 0-7. Southern Contractors’s bid for the work totalled $63,333.

Gordon Walker, managing director of Public Financial Management (PFM) Inc., was accompanied by PFM director Jamie Doyle to present financing information, such as bond issues, the board will need to act on in connection with this renovation project.

Hann stated the district is expected to borrow $5,885,000 to help cover project costs. The board will not be required to act until September 17 on the bond financing.

Hearing from attorney Joe Pierce of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott LLC, the board also acted on a resolution all districts must undertake in connection with certain capital projects and issuing debt. Pierce also touched on policies and procedures surrounding tax-exempt bonds that were in turn approved by the board.

Prior to adjourning the meeting, the board conducted a sixminute executive session to discuss personnel issues. Board member Danny Crouse voted against speaking about the matter in private.

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