Keystone School Board Discusses $3.5 Million Renovation Project ::

Knox Brug, Pennsylvania (EYT) Keystone School Board discussed a $3.5 million renovation project that consists of new windows and a new ventilation system being installed at the elementary school.

(Photo: Acting Superintendent Michael McCormick, right, speaks during the Keystone School Board meeting on Monday, September 19. Photograph by Jacob Demmer/EYT Media.)

The talks before the board came as acting superintendent Michael McCormick presented a monthly report during the September meeting on Monday night.

McCormick explained that talks are underway with Amos E. Rudolph Architecture, LLC, of ​​Seneca, to develop the project.

The project is centered around the new windows, as well as new vents, which provide tempered air with a proportion of fresh outdoor air to classrooms in schools across the country.

The need for new windows and units was a factor in the decision to issue a single factory tax increase for the 2022-23 school year.

“The current recommendation – coming from those[contractors]- is that next summer we’ll only be working on the windows,” McCormick said. “Currently, 10 weeks lead time for windows and 40 weeks lead time for units.

“So, the recommendation is that the replacement of all windows in the building will be summer 2023. The openings will be summer 2024.”

The windows are estimated to cost about $1.2 million while the uni-vent project is estimated at about $2.3 million, according to McCormick

McCormick noted that it would be ideal to open bids for windows in January and award the contract in February, while unilateral bids are likely to wait until May.

McCormick and other board members have commented on the fact that running both projects at the same time can cause confusion and other issues. Supply chain factors also play a role.

“I’d just like to show us we get the quotes sooner rather than later so we can secure the contract,” said board member Dwayne Van Tassel. “This way we can get the materials on site, and hopefully it’s foolproof so we know we have the materials to finish the project before we even start it.

“We will fight the weather by opening windows on it. I don’t want to have to fight supply chain issues either.”

Board member Dustin Swartfager shared his concerns that doing projects separately as old ports could cause problems when removed with new windows already installed.

No action was taken on the matter, with Swartfager telling the board that it would contact the contractor to discuss concerns.

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