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State College Area School Board of Directors Approve Architect's Contract

by on September 11, 2012 6:00 AM

The State College Area School Board of Directors approved a contract for architectural services with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates in the base amount of $279,500 at their regular meeting on Monday night. 

Ed Poprik, Director of the Office of Physical Plant, sat before the board once again and explained that a credit of $25,000 will be applied to the school district – similar to the way a rebate would work – in the event "that PlanCon is not pursued."

PlanCon, Poprik said, was the route school districts throughout the state used to use to get reimbursed for district-wide renovation projects. However, Gov. Tom Corbett recently put a moratorium on PlanCon through July 2013, so it is unknown at this time whether the state will reimburse the school district for projects that have long been needed and in the works. 

Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, a Mechanicsburg-based architectural firm, will now undertake the proposed projects for State High, a building long having needed necessary renovations.

All projects are at the discretion of the board and are approved and assigned by the board of directors.

Superintendent Dr. Robert O'Donnell shared the floor with Poprik during the Superintendent's Report so that they could give an update on facilites, such as Memorial Field. 

Poprik said there is the intent to bring a proposal before the board sometime this fall that would be "phase one" of the entire project, covering some of the fundamental and essential changes Memorial Field needs, such as renovating the west bleachers, which have since been cordoned off, field surface replacement and storm water mitigation. 

The school board plans to bring its update on the project before the State College Borough Council Planning Commission for approval on Oct. 20, Poprik said. 

The lack of locker rooms was discussed and will continue to be as the seasons change. 

During routine approvals, the board approved revisions made to three policies, including class rank, anti-harassment and anti-bullying and child/student abuse. 

The next public board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the boardroom at 131 W. Nittany Ave. 

Related coverage: 

State College Area School Board Talks Architect Contract, Education Planner (Aug. 28)

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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