Construction at WAHS is on schedule

Work on the Williamsport Area High School is staying on schedule, according to a report heard by the district’s school board Tuesday.

Algie LaBrasca, construction manager, reported that work at the high school was going “very well.”

He said work has begun on the third phase of the project. The phase includes converting a space previously occupied by the school’s guidance department into classrooms. Work on a new band room also began Tuesday. The location of the band area will be where the high school’s black box theater was. The theater since has moved to a new location in the school.

A cafeteria that is being converted into a fitness center is the last project from phase two to be completed. The space should be completed by mid January.

“It’s going to be really nice. It’s coming along very well,” LaBrasca said of the fitness center.

In related business, the board approved a bid for fitness equipment from G&G Fitness, of Williamsville, N.Y., at a cost of $149,761.

Business Manager Jeffrey Richards explained that the school worked with sports coaches and other athletic personnel to decide what equipment would be in the center. G&G also provided the equipment for the district’s new middle school’s fitness center.

Board member Dr. Jane Penman asked Richards to look into a maintenance agreement with the company in order to ensure that the equipment is kept in good condition.

During the board’s organizational business, it elected Lori Baer as board president and Karen Confer as vice president.

The board also approved its 2014 schedule of meetings, with the next meeting to be held Jan. 7.