As the school year moves forward so does work at Beaty-Warren Middle School and Eisenhower Middle/High School.
At Monday night's meeting of the school district board of directors' Physical Plant and Facilities Committee, district Director of Buildings and Grounds Services Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht provided updates on the progress of ongoing projects at Beaty and Eisenhower.
Kennerknecht told committee members the district's acquisition of a property adjacent to Beaty is tentatively eligible for full reimbursement from the state.
The district is acquiring the .82-acre former National Fuel Gas building site adjacent to Beaty known as the Anderson property.
The entire cost of the acquisition $125,000 is eligible for reimbursement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education based on a preliminary, limited review of the transaction.
According to department paperwork on the matter, the site will be used to facilitate outdoor renovations which will allow the district to, "separate bus from car traffic at Beaty-Warren Middle School."
Kennerknecht also provided a presentation on the status of renovations at Beaty accompanied by picture documentation.
Committee members were informed demolition work is ongoing, with much of the downstairs demolition nearing completion. Kennerknecht noted once materials downstairs had been stripped in preparation for renovations, crews would begin the process on the second floor.
Work at Beaty is being completed in one section of the building and then moving to other sections as renovations are completed in order to allow the building to continue to provide instructional space for students.
Work at the site is tentatively scheduled for completion late next year.
Kennerknecht also announced renovation and expansion work at Eisenhower is moving one step closer to beginning with the final step before letting the project out to bid only a phone call away.
Committee members moved forward for board approval submission of PlanCon Part E to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
According to Kennerknecht, "PlanCon Part E is a design and revision phase with the state. We do it over the phone with the state now."
Following any revisions as a result of the teleconference with state officials, the project can be put out to bid. A figure for the cost of expansion and renovations at Eisenhower, which is undergoing renovation and expansion to transition the facility into a K-12 school, will be determined following acceptance of bids for work on the project.
District officials had previously expressed hope bidding on the project could begin by the end of October. Tentative to revisions, the project could be let out to bid within the next few weeks.