Cranberry schools begin renovations

Work has started on the Cranberry Area School District’s $10.4 million construction and renovation project.

The capital improvements to the high school include HVAC upgrades, interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades, building envelope upgrades, bathroom renovations, front entrance renovations, main gymnasium renovations, auditorium stage lighting and curtains.

Improvements at the elementary school include interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades, building envelope upgrades, HVAC upgrades, central heating plant and domestic water systems renovations.

Superintendent Bill Vonada said J&T Paving has started construction of a retention pond near the intersection of Education Drive and Route 257, which is one of two retention ponds for stormwater management.

Vonada said the next work would be starting down Education Drive from the high school to Big Egypt Road on the culvert there.

Vonada said McClure Contracting has been sealing the envelope of the building, looking for cracks in the structure, and that it would take about three to four weeks.

“We hope to have the LED lighting installed before the kids are done with school,” he said. “The electrical engineers were in (Monday).

“We hope to have a meeting with the McClure on April 6. I hope to go over with them the possibility of bleachers at the football field. There appears to be room for three or four rows of bleachers.”

During its meeting on Monday evening, the school board approved three changes to the project.

The board allowed an adjustment from J&T Paving to provide 15% recycled asphalt products in the asphalt mix in lieu of a 0% mix at a savings of $40,000.

The second change is a proposed cost adjustment from J&T Paving to provide extruded deep curbs (slip form) in lieu of formed curbs at a savings of $56,000.

The third change from J&T Paving now includes the paving of the parent drop-off and pick up area at the elementary school at a cost of $59,392.

Other business

The board approved the tentative graduation schedule. The seniors’ last day of classes is Friday, May 26, and the senior celebration is Wednesday, May 31.

A senior brunch and graduation exercises are scheduled for Thursday, June 1, and the baccalaureate service is set for Sunday, June 4. The commencement ceremony is scheduled later that day at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.