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District hopes to save on Beaty windows

August 31, 2010
Warren County School District officials are hoping a window replacement project at Beaty-Warren Middle School may come in under budget. The district has budgeted $1.4 million for the project. “We’re now in the bid phase,” Director of Buildings and Grounds Services Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht said. “We had a project pre-bid meeting. We had a good response.” The bids will be opened on Thursday, giving the school board the opportunity to discuss the offers and possibly vote on them at its Sept. 13 meeting. “It seems that it’s going to come in under budget,” Kennerknecht said. Thanks at least in part to Marcellus Shale natural gas development, the amount the district pays for gas delivery (basis) will go down for 2012. “This is becoming such a hub for gas that the gas is now going south,” Kennerknecht said. The Physical Plant and Facilities committee passed along a measure that would lock in a contract for a delivery cost of 65.3 cents per thousand cubic feet. Kennerknecht said the basis for the last five years was 88.5 cents. He said the change should save the district about $22,000 based on past usage. After hearing the highlight from a long list of summer projects, the committee heard some of the work to come in the next year. With the acquisition of property just south of Beaty’s parking lot, the flow of buses to and from the school will be eased. The school’s two driveways develop serious congestion. Buses will be able to enter at one end of the campus, pick up students and continue on through to the other end to exit, Kennerknecht said. Another driveway could be used for staff access, keeping those vehicles out of the way of buses. The rest of the list includes proposals for a 30-by-30 foot storage space attached to the Sheffield High School gym, upgrades to security systems throughout the district, flooring replacement at Youngsville and Sheffield high schools, and various paving projects. Committee Chairperson Donna Zariczny suggested creating a plaque to be presented to Architectural Window Concepts. The company, which works with the district, paid another contractor to install UV-protection film on windows at Russell Elementary School so a student who is allergic to sunlight can attend.


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