2007-10-13 / News

School plans move ahead

CASD $7M project gets unanimous nod

Coudersport Area School Board this week moved ahead on its plan for three major improvement projects estimated to cost about $7 million.

Board members voted 5-0, with four directors absent, to submit the plans to the Pa. Dept. of Education.

Projects will include:

• adding eight classrooms, air conditioning and security at the elementary school;

• renovating and expanding the high school cafeteria and kitchen;

• replacing the track and bleachers, improving drainage, and making other changes at Coudersport Area Recreation Park (CARP).

Only the elementary school work, estimated to cost $4.6 million, will qualify for state reimbursement.

Members Mike Heroux, Linda Klingaman, Tim Watson, Bob Benson and Carol Bernard agreed to submit the plans for approval. Members Al Barry, David Long, Joe Lagrua and Ken Cole were absent.

School Superintendent George Nuffer said the funding will come from a $9.2 million bond issue, emphasizing that real estate taxes will not rise.

Bink Architectural Partnership of Camp Hill prepared the project plans. Nuffer said bids could be received as early as November, with the work completed in time for the opening of school next August.

Eight classrooms will be added to the back of the 20- year-old Coudersport Elementary School for a new early childhood education wing. Air conditioning and automatic temperature controls will be added to the entire building. A separate student drop-off point will be established for bus traffic.

Also on the project list: a security vestibule at the front entrance; refurbishing the rubber roof; renovations of the administrative and health suite; fingerprint identification security at five entrances.

About $2 million will be spent at CARP. A new allweather track, 400 meters long with six lanes, will be built surrounding the football/soccer field. New bleachers will be built on both the home and visitors' sides, with seating for 2,000.

A new fieldhouse is also planned, built under the bleachers on the home side, containing locker rooms, public rest rooms and a storage area for band equipment and maintenance materials. Plans also call for a new press box, lighting and sound system.

Another major component of the CARP plan is a new drainage system with underground piping leading to the Allegheny River on the western border.

At the high school, the dining area will be expanded through a cafeteria addition extending out into the courtyard.

Kitchen equipment will be replaced and a food court area established to allow for expanded meal options. A small outdoor dining area will also be built.

Construction costs alone are estimated at $5.9 million. The remaining $1.2 million is budgeted for architectural and engineering services, regulatory reviews and other administrative costs.

A copy of the Bink's construction summary is available for public review at coudersport.schoolwires.com.

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