MCSD directors hear update on renovations

LEWISTOWN – As renovation work continues to wind down at the Indian Valley Elementary Center, it is beginning to ramp up even more at the Mifflin County Junior High School.

During Thursday’s monthly committee-of-the-whole meeting, the Mifflin County School District Board of directors heard an update on the projects from Jerry Myers of Reynolds Construction, project manager for both.

“At Indian Valley we’re still doing some odds and ends,” Myers reported. “The temporary classrooms are being moved out, they’re building the basketball courts out back and doing general clean-up outside on the grounds. Two of the bathrooms are about 90 percent done and they’ll get to the others when these two are completed.”

One area the board will be voting on next week is the replacement of nearly all of the windows, a part of the project that was left out of the original plan in an effort to keep the cost down as much as possible. However, Superintendent James Estep said the project still has just over $174,000 in contingency money still available. The district’s architect, McKissick Associates of Harrisburg, has estimated total replacement of the windows to cost $124,904, plus several options to replace fewer windows at a lower cost.

The board is scheduled to vote on the addition of the windows, as well as a number of change orders related to the project next Thursday.

Myers said the junior high project is ramping up in anticipation of the end of school, when work will intensify.

“We’re moving along pretty good there,” he said. “The schedule says we’re about 30 days behind but we’re not too upset about that. Once we get the process fully underway, we’ll drop back into our schedule. I expect it (the work) to pick up considerably in the next phase which goes into the summer.”

Regarding change orders, the board received some positive news in the form of two credits, one for $18,000 and another for $13,828 for items of work not deemed necessary.

Myers said the general contractors recently met with a group of teachers at the school to “iron out some differences and concerns. It was a good interaction and I think we got most of the issues resolved. Things are going pretty good.”

Other agenda items to be considered by the board during its April 24 business meeting include:

The resignation of Matthew Wray, multi-craft maintenance, effective April 28 due to other employment.

Approval of Stephen Kriner as a driver for J&D’s Inc.

A request by student Mahesh Pai to build an equipment storage shed near the tennis courts between the high school and junior high school for his Eagle Scout project.

The hiring of Arlene Simparosa as a part-time cafeteria worker at MCJHS, effective April 14.

The following additions to the cafeteria substitute list: Angela Trego and Trish Harpster.

The resignation of Kelli Russo, Title 1 reading specialist at Lewistown Elementary School, effective March 28 due to personal reasons and relocation.

The hiring of Rachel Boyd as school nurse at Strodes Mills Elementary School and Lewistown Intermediate School effective at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

The deletion of Russell Rager from the substitute list, effective April 8.

The following deletions from the substitute paraprofessional list: Jane Rager and Grace Lucci.

The deletion of Zane Peters from the substitute health room aide list, effective April 14. He will remain on the substitute paraprofessional list.

The resignation of Denise Leonard, administrative secretary at the high school, effective June 30, due to retirement.

Approval of the following coaches for the 2014-15 school year: Aaron Gingrich, head boys basketball; Roger Herto, head girls basketball; J. Kirby Martin, head wrestling; Scott Gantz, head winter track; Collette Bender, head winter cheerleading; and Amy Houtz, swimming.