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Pottsgrove Defers High School Open House Party

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – The reception and tours that Pottsgrove School District administrators had hoped to hold for the public last fall, after the September opening of Pottsgrove High School and its multi-million dollar, 3-year-long renovation project, have been postponed until sometime during the 2017-2018 academic year … possibly 12 to 13 months after the work was intended to be completed, district Superintendent Dr. William Shirk acknowledged.

The reason: contractors haven’t yet finished several punch-list items the district wants finished before visitors stroll through. “We didn’t want to show the building off until it was done the way we wanted it done,” Shirk explained in response to a question during the Board of School Directors’ June 13 (2017; Tuesday) meeting.

School board members have regularly voiced their displeasure with the sometimes agonizingly slow progress being made to correct a variety of problems spotted after, or not addressed before, school opened last Sept. 6.

The renovation, budgeted at about $29 million, included a new gymnasium, renovation of the former gym, new science laboratories, a renovated cafeteria, new roofing, and upgraded mechanical and other systems. The district is still paying off contractors’ bills, and occasionally dealing with change orders. As of its last meeting, the board’s agenda reported more than $374,000 remained to be paid on one contract for work yet uncompleted.

A portion of this summer will be spent having district driveways and parking lots, a few of them sporting what one director called “sink-hole sized” potholes, repaired and resurfaced. The board earlier delayed that work, both to avoid further damage from construction equipment, and to save money.

As for a reception-and-tour date? That’s not yet set, Shirk noted, but it has been discussed by the administrative team, and a recommendation will be made as the coming year’s school start date – Aug. 28, according to the district calendar – approaches.

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