Board approves high school entry renovations

On Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a motion to renovate the front of the high school. The project includes the replacement of all of the front exterior doors and every other window section, with the exception of those sections containing glass blocks.The total cost of the project is $189,914, a significantly smaller amount compared to the previously quoted $284,000. Johnson Controls, Inc. will complete the work, along with KTH Architects.Details of the project involve replacing the front entrance windows with 12 new, floor-to-ceiling, energy-efficient aluminum windows, measuring 75.5 inches by 150 inches. A new storefront frame, measuring 41 inches by 134 inches, will be placed in the corner of the building. In addition, 12 new exterior aluminum door frames, measuring six inches by 8 inches, will also be installed.Board member Charles Liptak abstained from voting, as he is employed by KTH Architects.In other matters, the board approved the following low bids for plowing snow: Vollmer Tar and Chip at South St. Marys Street and Fox Township Elementary schools in the amount of $40 per hour, utilizing a pick-up truck and skid steer; and Paul D. Leonard at Bennetts Valley Elementary in the amount of $65 per hour for snow-plowing, $45 per hour for cindering and $55 per hour for a front-end loader if necessary.Additional bids were submitted by Chris Kline Excavating at $45 per hour and Mike Beaver Trucking, LLC at $52 per hour, both for Fox Township Elementary; and Tyler Landscaping Maintenance at $53 per hour and Mike Beaver Trucking, LLC at $52 per hour for South St. Marys Street.A new policy manual for the district was approved by the board. A copy of the manual is available for review in the business office at the high school.Principals provided a regular update about their schools to the board. All members of the board were in attendance at the meeting.Superintendent Ann Kearney noted that Nov. 14-20 marks American Education Week.“American Education Week allows us all to reflect on the many benefits that our public schools provide our communities, and to take the time to honor educators who ensure that our children receive quality education,” Kearney said. “I would like to thank the SMASD School Board for working to provide our community students with quality public schools so that our students can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.”For more on this story see the Nov. 9 edition of The Daily Press