G-A School Board removes building plan item from agenda

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim School Board has at least delayed consideration of an architectural firm’s plan that would set in motion a proposed addition/renovation project at the middle and high schools.

Consideration of a scope of services proposed by Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc. of Chambersburg was on the original agenda for the board’s March 7 meeting. Mike Hull, president and principal-in-charge at the firm, had discussed the proposal with the board at its Feb. 21 work session and said he would propose a fee schedule for the March 7 meeting.

At the beginning of the March 7 meeting board member Tracey Baer made a motion to approve the agenda without the item that would have had the board consider the proposal from Noelker and Hull to proceed with the formulation of plans for future facilities additions and renovations. The motion to remove the item from the agenda was approved 7-2 with Baer, Brian Hissong, Eric Holtzman, Melinda Cordell, Kenneth Haines, Michael Shindle and Mike Still in favor. Joel Fridgen and Dr. William Thorne opposed.

Baer did not say publicly why she wanted the proposal removed from the agenda.

The scope of services proposal was included in the public packet for the meeting on the district website. The proposal lists cost estimates in three areas: architectural services, engineering services and cost estimates. The total architectural service would not exceed $39,850. The total engineering services would not exceed $17,500. The cost estimates were listed at between $5,650 and $7,150. Those figures would make the upper end of the total scope of services proposed at $64,500.

Hull said last month his firm could have a cost estimate by August.

The school board shelved a building project in 2010 that would have involved all the district schools and was estimated at $54 million.

Hissong, board president, said during last month’s presentation that the purpose was to find out if the board wants to consider starting the process toward a building project. Officials said the district needed to move forward on such a project in order to stay in line for state reimbursement.