Renovation contract reviewed

BLOSSBURG — A contract from Quad 3 Architects to renovate rooms at the Blossburg Elementary School into new administrative office space was reviewed and discussed during the Southern Tioga School Board’s meeting Monday.

The $28,500 contract includes design work for the new offices as well as bidding and construction of the project, and includes up to $4,000 in expenses.

Board Vice President Sean Bartlett asked about a clause he found in the contract that allowed the firm to increase costs if the project was not completed eight months from the date of the agreement.

“That seems to say if that is eight months from mid February, date of agreement, the costs can go up. It is supposed to be done in October, so it’s kind of tight,” he said.

Superintendent Sam Rotella said the administration would check on it.

The board also heard from business manager Kathy Ciaciulli about a bid for proposal that was advertised in December and January for copier and printer replacement and maintenance.

The district currently has 61 devices, and the new proposal would reduce the number to 21 for a price of $32,408 and a maximum of 2.5 million copies per year on a five-year lease plan.

Other bids received included Philips Office Supply, Eastern Managed Print Network, Office Equipment Source and Ricoh.

The process to conduct an analysis of the district’s equipment began in October 2015, Ciaciulli said.

“It has been a long process. The majority (of the current equipment) are either out of lease or outright purchases. We were looking for a vendor who would take all 61 devices and consolidate them,” she said. The lease would include one Canon wide-format printer and the rest would be Lanier, she added.

The board also heard from Rotella about a recommendation to approve a one-year agreement with Source 4 Teachers substitute teacher service with a 1.5 percent increase to their administration fee.

“My satisfaction has increased, but not to the point where I want to commit to a four-year agreement,” Rotella said.

The board also:

• Heard about one change to the district’s school year calendar for 2017-18, with one in-service day changed to May 7, which pushed the last day of school to May 31.

• Heard about an Intermediate Unit 17 annual agreement to administer next year’s IDEA grant.

• Heard from Future Business Leaders of America students who want to see the district implement a new course on business and leadership studies, which they worked on and developed, to begin next year.