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Renovations planned at Williamsport High School

March 25, 2013
  • Renovations are planned at Williamsport High School this summer to create a security vestibule at the front entrance.
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Renovations will be done at Williamsport High School this summer to create a security vestibule at the front entrance that visitors would be directed to go through instead of directly entering the school, Washington County Public Schools officials said.

The Board of Education unanimously approved a contract for the work as part of its March 19 consent agenda.

The contract was awarded to GRC General Contractors, of Zullinger, Pa., said Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman, according to an online video of the March 19 board meeting. The firm’s $120,706 bid was the lowest among 11 bidders, according to a presentation document.

The work includes changes to the administrative area layout and updating the adjacent staff restrooms, including making them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Freeman said.

Board member Paul Bailey asked why the project came in $40,706 over the estimated cost, according to an online video of the board meeting.

Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development, said staff hadn’t yet discussed what was behind the cost difference with the contractor, but the bid prices were clustered so he believed that was the actual cost of the work.

The bids ranged from $120,706 to $149,765, according to the presentation document.

Rollins said he suspected the cost of plumbing piece work might have been underestimated.

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