WG board approves renovation change orders

Middle-senior high renovation project is almost finished

November 22, 2013

ROGERSVILLE – West Greene School Board approved several change orders Thursday for the district’s middle-senior high renovation project, which is now almost completed.

Work on the project is winding down as contractors address items on the final “punch list,” Superintendent Thelma Szarell said following Thursday’s board meeting. Punch list items are normally minor and could include gluing loose carpet tiles or fixing a paint smudge.

The district also is preparing to sign documents certifying the substantial completion of the project, she said.

The board approved change orders totaling $42,072.60. It also approved a settlement of disputed payments for change orders, some involving delay of project claims, totaling $226,947, with three contractors.

Board member Joe Coss voted against the motion, saying he disagreed with the payments and project delays kept students from using some classrooms in the building for two months. The settlement was with the general contractor, Kusevich Contracting, $83,000; Vern’s Electric, $73,947; and Pro Mechanical, $70,000.

Work also is proceeding on the district new elementary center, which is being built as an addition to the middle-senior high school. The board earlier awarded contracts for the project totaling $10.9 million.

The board approved change orders for the elementary totaling $69,883.51, most of which involved site preparation. It also approved a separate order for excavating an additional 1,500 cubic yards of soil with the general contractor for $65,164.23.

The board voted to reject a proposal from the mechanical contractor to substitute a chiller on the heating and air conditioning system with one not included on the bid specification list.

In other business, the board accepted a $100,000 donation from Consol Energy to the district’s Pioneer Project for the middle-senior high renovation and elementary school addition.

It was announced the district received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greene County for the backpack food program.

The International Club requested approval for the club to take a 12-day trip to Greece and Italy after the school year ends in June. The club last year visited France and England.

The club will raise money for the trip, estimated to cost $3,500 to $4,000 a student. Board President Regina MacDowell said the board would review the information provided and possibly consider the matter at its next meeting.

The board thanked three board members whose terms have expired: Greta Mooney, James Handley and Shelia Simms.

The board voted to hire Ginger Wise as a nine-month clerical aide at the Springhill Freeport School. It approved Zack Morgan as the assistant seventh and eight grade boys basketball coach and Shawnee Coffman as the assistant seventh and eight grade girls volleyball coach.

It also voted to post and advertise for a head varsity cross country coach and assistant varsity cross country coach.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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