The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 1, 2013

FEMA approves $65,595 in change orders for middle school

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

DANVILLE — School board members have approved $65,595.15 in change orders for construction for the Danville Middle School.

The changes are primarily several smaller items and include rerouting pipe work, door and frame revisions and adding ceiling bulkheads to part of the building. All of the change orders are reimbursable through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The highest-priced items on the list include installation of new controls for the school heating system at $21,414.36; ordering a stage platform for auditorium dimmers for $11,129.44; new ceiling bulkheads for $8,853.19; pipe rerouting to the lobby area for $3,474.06, and chilled water pipe installation for $2,872.72.

District business manager Janis Venna said the heating controls will replace an older, pneumatic control system with a digital one. The dimmer platform had to be moved to the stage, from the school’s projector room, in order to move it to place where water could not touch it in the event of future flooding, she said.

Also approved at the board’s April 23 meeting were the purchase of auditorium curtains and pulleys for $19,212 and 58 smart boards for $48,294. Both of these orders are also reimbursable by FEMA.

The Danville Middle School has been undergoing repairs after suffering extensive flood damage during 2011’s Tropical Storm Lee. Its approximately 500 students have been taught in extra classrooms located in the Danville Primary School and the formerly vacated Danville Elementary School since the middle school’s closure.

The Danville Middle School is currently on track to open in late August, at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Email questions or comments to rstoneback@thedanvillenews.com.