BEAR CREEK TWP. — The plans for a new Bear Creek Community Charter School are still coming in higher than projected, according to discussion at the school’s board of trustees meeting Thursday.
The new cost projection for the K-8 school came in at just under $13,662,000, the construction project team told the board, a number that is about $1.5 million outside of the trustees’ comfort level.
They discussed possibilities for trimming that number further, opting to have a number of items such as $90,000 for air conditioning for the gym and locker rooms as bid alternates. Other uncertainties, such as the possibility of needing special draining systems, could even raise the cost higher, the construction team reported.
The trustees discussed the possibility of selling some of the existing school property after the new school is built to offset the construction project, and ultimately decided to let the plans ride for now and see how things progress.
In a construction-related matter, the board discussed the need to move up the timetable on drilling four wells that will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the proposed drip irrigation sewage disposal system. The request for an earlier timetable came after school representatives and members of the construction team met with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The 65- to 95-foot-deep wells would have been part of the project, but will now be dug as part of the early construction to establish a baseline water quality. DEP also requested detailed diagrams of the placement of pipes and other portions of the drip irrigation system, the board was told.
School CEO Jim Smith said the project is on a strict time schedule that calls for bids to go out in January and construction to begin in March.
In other business, the trustees approved a resolution authorizing the board of directors of the Bear Creek Foundation to purchase property located at 1856 Bear Creek Blvd. at a price of $120,000.
In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Robert Vojtko as part-time custodian and approved Fred Weaver as a substitute teacher at $100 per day.