Middle school project will meet deadline despite delays

Although the middle school construction project did not meet its year-end deadline for being completely enclosed, the Williamsport Area School Board was assured that the project remains on schedule at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Some of the weather held us up but we are moving forward (with construction),” said Jeff Angstadt, project manager.

He added that there is less than one-third of the building left to enclose. The building, the former Roosevelt Middle School and site of the future Williamsport Middle School, was scheduled to be completely enclosed by the end of 2012.

The goal now is to have it completed in the next few weeks.

“The big thing in this next month is to get the building enclosed,” Angstadt said.

And although the project is behind in that aspect, Angstadt assured the board that it had “pulled ahead in some other areas,” so it has not fallen behind, overall.

Other than continuing to work on the enclosement of the building, Angstadt said a retaining wall currently is being installed and geothermal contractors still are drilling wells on site. There are about 62 wells left to drill, and they should be finished in the next two months.

Overall, Angstadt said the project is about 52 percent completed, but that percentage should “drastically” jump up in the coming months.

Also, as part of a capital campaign for the high school’s stadium, the board voted to approve naming opportunities associated with the project.

Naming rights for the stadium will be sold for $500,000 – $250,000 for the track and $250,000 for the all-weather field.

In other business, as part of school board recognition month, student representatives from each of the district’s buildings gave books to school board members. The books received by board members will be given to each school’s library.

Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Kelley thanked the board members for their work over the past year and commended them for always making sure the students were the “No. 1 priority.”

The board also voted to accept the resignation of Paul P. Daniels, principal at Sheridan Elementary School, who will retire at the conclusion of the school year.

Daniels has served in the district as a principal and supervisor for 25 years.