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March 01. 2013 12:39AM
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HAZLETON — Several Hazleton Area School District directors expressed concern Thursday over a number of proposed change orders to an ongoing construction project at the future home of the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences.

The district purchased the structure, a CAN DO Inc. building built in 2004 for $6 million by Quandel Corp., in 2011 for $4.4 million. The school board contracted with Quandel to act as project manager for the ongoing refurbishment of the property.

“I find it troubling that the contractor who originally built this structure is now profiting from the mistakes that they made during the initial construction,” said board member Tony Bonomo.

Board member Steven Hahn warned the recent submission of additional costs associated with the project are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

One official expressed dismay that Quandel representatives wanted to receive additional compensation to attend meetings of the board’s Construction Committee to discuss the costs for the unexpected changes.

In other business, the board:

-Approved $91,500 for asbestos removal at the its Maple Manor building.

-Voted unanimously to approve the 2012-13 school year calendar, with classes set to begin on Sept. 5.

-Announced the donation of a 2012 Nissan Altima worth $20,995 from Abeloff Nissan Dealership for use in the district’s automotive program.

The purchased of metal detectors and accompanying security personnel at a proposed cost of $280,000 was briefly discussed before being tabled.

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