Johnstown plan gets state approval

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District has received state Education Department approval for preliminary work associated with its $39.6 million capital project and is now gearing up to seek bids, a district official said this week.

The district has also wiped out a nearly $3 million project shortfall, said district Board of Education member Scott Miller, chairman of the board’s Facilities Committee.

Projects are expected to start this summer, with most construction within a couple years later, including a reconfiguration of the front of Johnstown High School by the 2018-19 school year.

The district is trying to modify all its buildings and sites to keep up with safety and technological changes.

Miller said Tuesday the district is preparing to start seeking bids for work by early March.

He said the Facilities Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at JHS to review the latest developments.

The district will seek bids for work involving roofs and parking lots soon, district officials said. This part of the project is called “4A.”

“This [phase of the] project includes roofs and a lot of site work,” Miller said.

The district in December submitted design plans to the state for this first major component of the district’s $39.6 million capital project, and Miller said it gained SED approval.

Work that will follow “4A” will be “4B,” which the district said late last year had nearly $3 million in cost overruns. This phase involves work that includes interior classroom renovations, and replacing windows and inefficient boilers in school buildings to make them more efficient.

“We’ve found about $4 million worth of savings,” Miller said.

District voters in December 2014 approved the capital project. The district has been working closely with Albany-based CSArch architects. The state is paying for 95 percent of the projects. Projects range from resurfacing the Knox Junior High School roof to renovating classrooms at Warren Street Elementary School.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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