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BEAR CREEK TWP. — The new Bear Creek Community Charter School construction project continues to dominate the agenda for the school’s board of trustees as they continue to work through the design process.

At a meeting Monday, the board once again heard from representatives from Hemmler + Camayd, architects for the project. Tom Gercak reviewed the newest plans for the school, which incorporated board and staff input from previous meetings.

The revised plans trim the project from 64,225 square feet to 62,600 square feet, and include proposed revisions to the placement of the canopy over the front door, the reduction of some “bump out” alternative learning spaces in some hallways and a reduction in the number of windows throughout the building, Gercak said.

The board also discussed a request for a 30 percent increase in the architect’s fees. Hemmler + Camayd made the request for an additional $120,000 based on the additional time required to revamp the project after the preliminary construction cost estimates came in significantly over budget.

Board members expressed concern about the way the fee increase was calculated, and the architects agreed to reconsider options for the proposed increase.

In personnel-related matters, the board approved the transfer of Mary Kasper from full-time, 12-month Title I paraprofessional to a full-time, 10-month position. It also eliminated a full-time Title I paraprofessional position effective July 1 .

The board accepted the resignation of Ryan Berry and approved the hiring of Maura Narkiewicz as a full-time art teacher/enrichment support professional at an annual salary of $33,000, plus benefits. The trustees also approved salary increases totaling $71,106 for the school’s 67 employees.

In other business, the board approved an agreement with Murphy, Dougherty & Co. for the completion of the 2012-13 independent audit at an amount not to exceed $11,250, and approved revisions to the sections of the student handbook pertaining to the grading structure and the policy on student tardiness.

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