Contractors begin assessing $17M Muncy School District project

MUNCY — Contractors have begun to assess the start of a $17 million building and classroom renovation project at Muncy High School.

Superintendant Dr. Craig Skaluba told Munch School Board members Monday that students and staff can anticipate a “pick up” in business related to construction.

Contractors have until Aug. 30 to exit, according to Timothy Welliver, high school principal.

He predicted it was “not going to be a typical year as a result of construction project.”

For example, the popular Blue White Night will be held on the front lawn without a rain date. The event is on the Thursday before the varsity football team’s away game, he said.

Orientation for sixth grade students will be handled through a video to be put on the school’s Website titled: “A 7th Grader’s New Life,” Welliver said.

Summer school remedial coursework will continue as usual.

The board took no action Monday, but listened to Greg Girven, vice president of Muncy Music Association, present a proposal.

The association would like to see an enlarged and new concession stand built, he said.

Hopeful to accomplish the task in a year or two, the district is key because it can alert the architect’s who are going to be designing the building renovation project and get the change orders in place for any electrical or utilities that are needed for the concession stand to be constructed, said J. David Edkin, district business manager.

The band, chorus and other musical participants in the district can use the larger concession stand, especially the volunteers who serve and make the food for the football games, Girven explained.

Already, the association has secured the service of an engineer who will donate the time and has spoken with a contractor who also plans to donate time on the

project, Girven said.

With the proposed larger concession stand, the association believes it can double its revenue with a larger workspace and another serving window, he said.

By working closely with the district and preparing for water, electric and sewer lines services now, those costs will be lower because they most certainly would increase in two or three years, Girven said.

It also is anticipated the band will grow by 20 members in two or three years.

The concession stand project will require a zoning variance with borough zoning and council, he said.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 15 at the high school library.