Wellsboro schools’ athletic complex under construction

WELLSBORO — Work on the Wellsboro Area School District’s Community Athletic Complex at the high school is 65 percent complete, according to officials.

During their regular meeting Tuesday night at the high school’s Large Group Instruction Room, Wellsboro Area Board of Education members unanimously voted 9-0 to pay October bills totaling $253,743.09 for work on the athletic complex and approved a change order that increased the contract cost by $663.57 by allowing Susquehanna Valley Sound and Video LLC to order a wider rack and three different sound system components because the ones originally specified had been discontinued.

The board also unanimously approved an underground and overhead electric line right-of-way easement on Wellsboro Area School District property that fronts Old Tioga Street and Nichols Street to allow the Wellsboro Electric Co. to upgrade to a three-phase electrical service by installing electric lines, a transformer and metering equipment from Old Tioga Street to the high school athletic field to supply electricity for lighting and sound.

Voting yes were Stewart Burrous, Duane Cotner, Matt Feil, Christopher Gastrock, Wayne Hackett, John Hoover, Sue Judlin, Dave Messineo and Denise Sherman.

When the athletic complex is completed, AstroTurf will be paid a total $2,313,731.08; I & Y Construction, $212,747; Southern Bleacher, $568,218; Hunt Engineers $65,104 for clerk of the work services; and Susquehanna Valley Sound & Video, $35,893.57 for public address and sound systems. As of Oct. 31, CME Associates has charged the district $8,275.28 for on-site materials testing services. These bills total $3,203,968.93. Not included are bills from Hunt Engineers for engineering services; Highland Associates for architectural fees; Delta Consulting Group for work on the district’s $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant; and some permit fees.

During Tuesday’s board meeting it was stated work on the football field is completed. That includes installation of the artificial turf, the Nike Grind infill, the Hornet logo, the word “Hornets” at one end of the field and “Wellsboro” at the other and painting of all official lines and markings.

This week, the concrete foundation for the 1507-seat steel bleachers is being poured and next week, the piers. The bleachers are to be delivered to Wellsboro High on Wednesday. As soon as the bleachers arrive, they will be assembled on-site and placed on the concrete foundation. The bleacher work will be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.

It is anticipated the sound system will be installed in the spring. The track currently has an asphalt subsurface, which can be used for practice but not competitive meets. The surface coating will be applied on May 1, 2017. It has to cure for 28 days.  If all goes as planned, the track will be ready for use beginning May 31, 2017.

The board approved closing the Class of 2016 student activity account and transferring the $2,521.55 to the student body activities account with disposition at the discretion of High School Principal Rob Kreger and student council. Superintendent Dr. Brenda Freeman explained that regulations require the account be closed once the class has graduated. By law, graduates cannot hold the funds for future class reunions or other personal purposes. She said that graduating seniors should be aware of that and consider allowing students in their class who cannot afford it to pay for caps and gowns from the fund. Classes also may designate unused funds to be used to help other students pay for eyeglasses or dental visits or for transportation for class trips or can allocate the funds for a purpose, such as scholarships.

Also approved was taking $6,350 from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund to finance half the cost of remodeling the high school nurse’s office into the high school guidance office and the guidance office into the nurse’s office. Snowburg Contracting of Middlebury Center submitted the lowest bid to do the work, $12,700. The other half of the money is coming from the high school budget. According to Freeman, by reversing the two spaces, students who are ill will be placed in individual private rooms and walls will be installed so the guidance office can have a private and secure office area.

In other business, board members announced they would be holding their reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the high school’s Large Group Instruction Room on Dec. 6. During that meeting, the board will adopt a meeting schedule to include combined work session and regular meetings once a month at night and budget and finance, building and grounds and programs and policy committee day and night meetings on a rotating basis.