Track and stadium bids $1M over estimate

All bids received for construction of upgrades to the Williamsport Area High School track and stadium were rejected in a 8-0 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Prior to the vote, Business Manager Jeffrey Richards told the board the bids received were $1 million over the estimated amount.

Voting in favor of rejecting the bids were Lori Baer, Karen Confer, Jerene Milliken, Jane Penman, Spencer Sweeting, Diane Turner, Nicholas Grimes and Robin Knauth. David Stone was absent from the meeting.

The bidding process will begin again with an extended completion schedule for the track complex. The track complex now is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015.

Also, the rebuilding for the new electrical service to the stadium was approved as a stand-alone contract with the intent of having the installation completed before the coming fall sports season.

A bid was awarded to HRI Inc., of Williamsport, for parking lot improvements at Stevens Primary School. The work will include grading, storm-water upgrades and parking lot construction and paving. The $365,853 cost of the project will be covered by the capital reserve fund.

Penman reported that the finance committee continues to meet and work on the budget. The board is set to vote on a final budget at the June 17 meeting.

The board accepted letters of retirement from two professional staff members. Marguerite Anderson-Royal, a full-time high school special education teacher with 21 years of service, and Marilouise Mazzante, a full-time social studies teacher with 38 years of service, will retire, effective June 5.

Also accepted was a letter of resignation from high school Principal Michael Reed for the purpose of other employment, effective June 5.

The board also approved more than 30 curriculum development summer work sessions for various high school, middle school and primary school departments.

Superintendent Dr. Don Adams addressed the subject of the large amount of curriculum work.

“We try to do all our major curriculum work in the summer to avoid doing it during the school year,” Adams said.

This way teachers don’t have to leave their classrooms at the beginning of the school year to work on curriculum and it saves the district the expense of having to hire substitutes for those classes, he explained.

Board President Baer recognized the 2014 Junior Rotarian speaker, high school senior Imani Reeves, for being selected as the speaker for the 2014 Junior Rotarian Luncheon. Baer also recognized 40 students from the high school’s senior and junior class for their induction into the National Honor Society.

Alanna Harding, a high school senior, was recognized for being the 2014 STA/John Finrock Scholarship and Genevieve Beatty and Serena Sarch, high school seniors, were recognized for being awarded scholarships at the 2014 Carl E. Stotz Scholarship Luncheon.