SHERMAN - Although stage two of Sherman Central School District's renovation project is proceeding on track and school will open as scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 5, the bids for phase three were unacceptable, board members learned Tuesday night, Aug. 14.
"Bids came in considerably higher than we liked," Superintendent Kaine Kelly said. "We were forced to take a hard look at what our base was and what alternates were high priority."
Kelly sat down with engineers from E.E. Austin and Sons, who are currently completing phase two of the project, to review ways to lower costs for phase three. One possibility is to roll the HVAC portion of the projecting into a state-funded energy efficiency project, Kaine said. Under this project, New York State monitors and approves companies which can prove they will provide energy savings.
Photo by David Prenatt
Sherman Central School Superintendent Kaine Kelly took school board members on a tour of the ongoing construction in the school. The school will open Wednesday, Sept. 5. From left to right are: Colleen Meeder; Emily Kidd; Melissa Lyon; Gary DeLellis; Principal Michael Ginestre; Kelly; and board President Brian Bates.
If approved by the state, the school's energy project can move quickly because it is already in the current design, Kelly said.
"Our upgrading the infrastructure and heating was smart," he said.
Kelly also noted there is $130,000 left over from phase one, which only needs clearance from the state to be used on phase three.
Bids for phase three opened Wednesday, Aug. 22, according to Kelly. Phase three will begin immediately after that.
Kelly took board members on a tour of the current renovations in the school. Workers are putting in 12-hour days and considering working through Labor Day in order to complete this phase before the first day of school, he said.
"For the most part, we are on track. The last couple of days, it has been moving fast," Kelly said. "They are confident they will be close to finished by the time school opens. I'm not worried. If we needed to, we could open school today."
In other business, the board approved $137,500 to be transferred for the final retirement package for former superintendent Thomas Schmidt. The board also set the tuition for students coming to Sherman from other school districts at $2,743, most of which will be paid by the student's school district.
David Maleski was hired as a full-time bus driver and Jeremiah Hoitink was approved as a bus driver/mechanic.