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District seeks approvals for project


Special to The Press

Plans for reconstruction of the front entrance driveway and parking area at Parkway Manor Elementary School have been submitted to various governmental reviewing entities for approval. The project is expected to cost $835,000.

At a recent meeting, the school board authorized an agreement with South Whitehall to pay professional fees and costs the township will incur for review and approval of Parkway Manor and development documents.

Director of Community Relations and Development Nicole McGalla said the project should be undertaken this year and must be finished before school begins in August.

“The project will move forward this term as long as permits are completed in a timely fashion to allow construction to be completed before school starts,” McGalla said.

For another capital project, the board authorized an agreement between Alvin H. Butz Inc., and the district for construction management services related to partial replacement of roofs at Kernsville Elementary School.

The construction management fee for preconstruction, bid awards, safety inspections, and direct reimbursable expenses cannot exceed $11,561.

Also for the Kernsville project, the board authorized an agreement between Spillman Farmer Architects and the district to provide architectural services for the 2021 partial roof replacement.

Spillman Farmer’s fee is $5,800 plus reimbursable expenses.

In another matter, the board approved a quote from CDW-G for the purchase of 2,400 Lenovo Chromebooks at a cost of $777,816.

The amount includes license fees.

The new ones will be distributed to first-, fifth- and ninth-graders when the 2021-22 school term begins.

The purchase is part of the district’s five-year refresh cycle for technology items.

The older units may be saved for parts, used as spares or sent to E-scrap for reimbursement.