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Friday, November 16, 2007

$9 Million School Project Ready To Go

The Coudersport School Board is confident in the bright future of the Coudersport area and are moving ahead with several projects to improve the schools and make room for more students as the economy prospers and more families move here to work.

Contracts for three major improvement projects could be awarded as soon as next Tuesday night by the Coudersport Area School Board.Board members are meeting this afternoon to open bids for projects that include:

• replacing the track and bleachers, improving drainage, and making other changes at Coudersport Area Recreation Park (CARP).

• adding eight classrooms, air conditioning and security at the elementary school;

• renovating and expanding the high school cafeteria and kitchen;

Only the elementary school work, estimated to cost $4.6 million, will qualify for state reimbursement.

Work could be completed in time for the opening of school next August.

A new fieldhouse is planned at CARP, containing locker rooms, public rest rooms and a storage area. Plans also call for a new press box, lighting and sound system. Another major component of the CARP plan is a new drainage system.

Construction costs are estimated at $5.9 million for the three projects. Another $1.2 million is budgeted for architectural and engineering services, regulatory reviews and other administrative costs. Funding is coming from a $9.2 million bond issue.

Information from WFRM News.

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