WAHS renovation project having impact on local economy

The impact of the Warren Area High School renovation goes beyond the school system.

At the start of the project, Warren County School District Director of Buildings and Grounds Services Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht suggested that contractors on the job be required to spend 10 percent of their dollars — for materials or people — in Warren County.

The school board approved adding that provision to the contracts and the contractors are living up to the requirement.

The project goal was $1.5 million in local impact. As contractors produce evidence of local spending, district dollars are released.

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor has provided evidence of $159,000, plumbing has shown $112,000, fire protection has $44,000 left, and the electrical contractor’s goal has been met.

The total, so far, is $660,000, Kennerknecht said, adding, “Monies are being committed and spent in the county as a result of the project at Warren Area High School.”

Asked by the board if the project is on schedule, Kennerknecht said, “Yes we are.”

The science wing will be ready for use after the Christmas break, he said, and students will transition from the classrooms they are using now to that new wing.

Steel is going up between the two wings of the building. That will eventually become new classroom and large group instruction space and will create a courtyard.

As usual, Kennerknecht presented a slide show of the progress for the board.

He said staff and students have been expressing excitement over the pending move.