Capital project enters ‘punch list’ phase

JOHNSTOWN — The $39.6 million Greater Johnstown School District capital project approved by voters nearly four years ago may soon be into the last “punch list” process by contractors.

“We’re in the final phases,” Board of Education President Kathy Dougherty said Monday.

The board on Thursday night at Johnstown High School heard an update on the ongoing projects from Albany engineering firm CSArch.

Second phase work for the capital plan began in April 2017, and included asbestos removal at many of the buildings and various changes at JHS, whose main parking lot has been shut down all summer to the public. Work at JHS has included: renovations to the science wing, media center, art room, technology room, pool, locker rooms, gymnasium, main office, nurse’s office, and guidance office, installation of emergency power system, and replacement of roof.

The $39.6 million capital plan was approved by district voters in December 2014. The state is paying for about 95 percent of the cost of the projects.

District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn said Monday that CSArch indicated “there’s still site work” left at JHS. She said an area left of the circle and entrance is due to be paved in for an additional parking lot.

Kilburn said work at the high school art room and media center are pending.

“Then we begin the punch list phase,” the superintendent said.

In that phase, contractors have 90 days to substantially complete their projects before the capital plan is officially out to rest.

Across the district buildings, she said, a new keycard system is also being implemented.

Kilburn said the district is still addressing real grass issues regarding Knox Field and its surrounding area. Patches of grass have sprouted up in areas. Kilburn said contractors have been busy with getting other parts of the capital plan done before school started.

She said the district has to treat the grass with certain chemicals that are not often used on residential properties.

“That’s on the list to be done this week or next week,’ Kilburn said.

In other board business Thursday:

∫ The board accepted an internal audit by Questar III for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, and approved a Corrective Action Plan dated Aug. 29 relative to a Concussion Management Audit conducted by Questar III.

∫ Several donations were accepted. They included: acceptance of a $1,000 donation from Barbara Lynaugh to be used for the benefit of students enrolled in Spanish classes; a donation of $8,020 from Lynn Makrin for grant funds received from the McCarthy Dressman Education Foundation for teacher development; and acceptance of a grant donation of $3,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for literacy programming.

∫ The board amended a portion of the resolution it adopted July 2 to establish petty cash funds in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulation for the 2018-19 school year, as follows: Warren Street Elementary School, Sherry Ermie, $100 is amended to: Warren Street Elementary School, Nicole Lent, $100.

∫ The board designated the superintendent of schools as the representative of the district to make all determinations regarding the eligibility of students to enroll on a tuition free basis in the schools of the district.

∫ In personnel items, the board approved the resignation of Brittany Bryant as a speech teacher, retroactive to Aug. 31. The board also approved the resignation of Rebecca Hart-DeMagistris as a mathematics teacher, retroactive to Aug. 31 for the purpose of accepting a probationary position as special education teacher.

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