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Pottsgrove Looks To Hire HS Clerk Of The Works

20140216-PottsgrovePA-ClerkWorksHSAdPOTTSTOWN PA – Approaching deadlines must be met if up to $35 million in proposed renovations to Pottsgrove High School are expected to start on schedule, and although the extent and cost of those improvements have yet to be finally approved the district is already advertising to hire a clerk of the works for the project.

A clerk will “provide daily, on-site field representation … to manage the project, conform to the scope of services, and ensure that the work is performed in compliance with … contract documents,” according to a classified print advertisement published Sunday (Feb. 16, 2014) for the district.

The ad noted Pottsgrove will offer candidates “a competitive salary commensurate with experience,” but does not mention a dollar range.

Pottsgrove’s designers, KCBA Architects of Hatfield PA, wants to launch the project next month by sending out requests for contractors’ bids. KCBA Principal Michael Kelly told members of the Board of School Directors last Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2014) he hopes to receive land development approval for the project from Lower Pottsgrove Township on Feb. 28; win board approval to send out bids on March 11; award bids April 29; and start work June 16.

The 30-month project would significantly reconfigure the high school’s interior. The basic plan and up to 30 alternate proposals, Kelly said, add new and upgraded classrooms, include a new gymnasium, and possibly feature energy-efficient components and an artificial turf athletic field. Board members have acknowledged in principal the high school needs repair, but have yet to formally agree on where, how, and for how much.

Estimated expenses including favored options have steadily climbed by millions since discussion of the project began slightly more than a year ago. Some of the increase is due to wish-list additions made by directors, administrators and faculty members; some due to inadequacies found in the existing building as architects investigated the need.

Board members are wary of the cost. President Justin Valentine has publicly expressed his opinion the project should be scaled back, but has not offered specifics. Director Rick Rabinowitz has asked to see what amounts to a menu of expenses that allows the board to pick and choose what it wants or what it prefers to afford.

Kelley promised Tuesday to provide such a menu, but urged the board to keep to a timeline. To ensure completion on schedule, he said, “the dates are critical. They really can’t slide.”

To that end, the district’s class for a clerk of the works seeks candidates who:

  • Have a minimum of 10 years’ in construction management experience with budgets of more than $20 million;
  • Know and have experience in current construction practices;
  • Know the specifics of complying with U.S. Green Building Council regulations for energy efficient buildings;
  • Know the ins-and-outs of contact documents, specifications and construction drawings;
  • Know how to interpret, and process change orders and building modification requests or needs;
  • Have excellent computer, interpersonal, and communications skills, as well as a “proven ability” to resolve disputes; and
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule.

Resumes and salary requirements are due Feb. 25 (Tuesday) to district Business Administrator David Nester.

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