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Pottsgrove Renovation Overtime OK’d To $50,000

POTTSTOWN PA – Contractors scrambling to complete their summer task list for renovations at Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road will be allowed to spend up to $50,000 in overtime costs – incurred on nights, weekends and holidays – to ensure the building is ready for students by its scheduled Sept. 8 (2015; Tuesday) opening date, the district Board of School Directors agreed Friday (Aug. 21).

Seven of nine board members approved the expense: Matt Alexander, Ted Coffelt, Dee Gallion, and David Faulkner, all of whom attended an 8 a.m. meeting in person at the district offices; and Rick Rabinowitz, Patti Grimm, and John Rossi via telephonic conference call. Directors Justin Valentine and Diane Cherico did not participate.

Several members of the public also attended the early session, and some asked about when and how, if necessary, they would be notified of any delay in the high school opening. Superintendent Shellie Feola said she likely would have a better idea next week if a delay was needed, although she expressed hope things would proceed smoothly.

“I can’t give you a definitive answer,” Feola admitted. A lack of codes approval from Lower Pottsgrove Township, a lack of approval from its fire marshal, or a failure to get any of the school equipment systems certified for operation could prompt a delay, she said.

“The safety and security of our students is going to be our first concern,” Feola added.

Money to pay for the authorized overtime costs, described by the district administration as a “construction change directive” for general contractor E.R. Steubner Construction Inc., will be taken from the roughly half-million dollars remaining in the project’s contingency fund, district Business Manager David Nester said.

The fund originally contained $1.3 million, he noted.

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