WCSD receives update on bidding process for new primary – Times News Online

Published on March 02, 2022 at 10:38

At Whitehall-Coplay School Board committee meetings on February 14, Jim Hanna of D’Huy Engineering provided an update on the tender process for the new elementary school.

The pre-bid meeting was Feb. 7, and bids were due to arrive at 2 p.m. March 1 at the district office.

Hanna and her associates are to meet on March 4 to prepare recommendations. It will be voted on at a special board meeting at 4 p.m. before committee meetings on March 14.

A proposed draft lease agreement, conditional on the awarding of tenders for the new primary school, has been drafted and, if ready in time, was due to be presented at the February 28 board meeting.

Chip Miers, managing director of commercial real estate company Markward Group, Allentown, is hired by WCSD to help locate off-campus offices for use after the district office leaves to make way for the new school. The administration is due to leave the district office in May.

The finance committee began with a report from independent auditors Jeff Dobeck and Chris Betley of Lehigh Valley accounting firm Buckno Lisicky & Company. Dobeck and Betley have spent the past few months reviewing the June 30, 2021 district audit using government auditing standards.

“In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above are fair in all material respects,” Betley read in the report.

The report was to be presented for approval at the February 28 board meeting.

During the operations/transportation meeting, a third party agreement with Zephyr Pride Foundation and Scoreboard Media was discussed. Currently there is a digital scoreboard in the football stadium and gymnasium at Whitehall High School, but Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr Robert Steckel hopes to add a digital scoreboard to the track and at the multi-purpose stadium in the coming months.

“By agreeing to this three-party agreement with Scoreboard Media and the foundation, we can formalize our relationship with the foundation and enhance opportunities for incremental marketing revenue for the foundation and the school district,” Steckel said.

According to Steckel, there would be “tiered revenue sharing.” WCSD’s revenue share would cover operating expenses, including maintenance, content development and board monitoring.

Steckel was expected to recommend approval of the five-year deal, also at the February 28 board meeting.

In other news, the use of a $25,000 school security grant for surveillance cameras was discussed. In the fall, a special committee reviewed areas that required additional camera coverage at WHS, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, and Zephyr Elementary School, and an estimate including parts, labor, installation, and the material needed is $53,000.

Other quotes will arrive, as several cameras need to be replaced. There will also be recommendations for new cameras based on a recent study of campus traffic.

The next committee meetings will be at 4:00 p.m. on March 14 and the next regular school board meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on March 28.

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