Waynesboro Area Senior High stadium to get new bleachers

June 22, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Amid budget talks and personnel issues, the Waynesboro Area School Board took steps Tuesday night to ensure new aluminum bleachers at Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Rip Engle Stadium would be installed in time for football season this fall.

The board unanimously approved a motion to accept an installation bid from Recreation Resource Inc., a Kennett Square, Pa.-based company, to complete the project by Aug. 1.

Board President Edward Wilson, who also sits on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, said materials for the project have already been bought through COSTARS, a collaborative purchasing program for public organizations in Pennsylvania.

“It was the general feeling of the committee to ask the board to approve this outfit to come in and install these bleachers, and give them a time frame to do it in so that they have it done in time for next season,” Wilson during the meeting.

The installation will cost $32,800 on the home side of the stadium and $18,700 on the visitor’s side, Wilson said.

The board, which originally wanted to solicit help from volunteers in the community, received two bids for the job, but one was withdrawn. Recreation Resource also submitted a bid for the equipment, but COSTARS was the cheaper option, Wilson said.

“My position is I don’t care who does it … I just want to make 100 percent certain that it is done and ready for use (this fall),” board member Leland Lemley said.
Currently, the old wooden bleachers on the visitors’ side of the stadium have been completely torn down and about three-quarters of the seats on the home side have been removed.

The leftover boards and materials from the bleacher removal will be considered surplus materials and could be available for pickup on a first-come, first-served basis to the public, the board said. The school board is expected to release information later about the availability of old wooden planks.

The project will be paid for out of the fund balance, the board said.

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