Johnstown schools approve low bid for curb cut project

Board Vice President Evamarie Mraz and Warren Street Elementary School Principal Nicole Lent present an update to the Johnstown school district’s ongoing $39.6 million capital project at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday approved a $31,400 low bid from an Albany construction firm to do a curb cut project, as part of the district’s capital project.

The board approved the proposal from M. Sullivan Construction Inc. to do certain paving and curb cutting at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School as part of the 4B second phase of the district’s ongoing $39.6 million capital project. The project was approved by district voters in 2014.

District officials also discussed the capital project in more detail at the board’s meeting Wednesday at Johnstown High School.

The state is paying for about 95 percent of the cost of the projects involving all district buildings.

The low bid from M. Sullivan Construction Inc. was one of five bids received by the district. Bids ranged from $31,400 to $61.008.

District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn and board Vice President Evamarie Mraz, chairwoman of the board’s Facilities Committee, gave an update to the board on the 4B work.

Kilburn said demolition continues at JHS, and asbestos abatement on a second shift is ongoing.

The high school gymnasium will be totally remodeled with the roof being removed and the walls being raised to accommodate glass clear story around the top of the gym. The weight room will be located downstairs with glass walls, allowing a view from the gym, through the weight room, and into the pool hallway. The gym dividing wall is to be removed and a walk draw curtain installed in its place. The upper gym will be transformed into one open space with high ceilings and a storage room added to one end. As part of the makeover the gym will have new wall padding, athletic fixtures, and bleachers. The hardwood floor will be replaced and acoustic wall panels installed.

Kilburn said Facilities Director David Wood is meeting with faculty members at school buildings to inform them of planned moves related to summer construction.

Courtyard and cafeteria work at Glebe Street Elementary School continues, the superintendent said.

“In June, we’ll talk more about what can and can’t be done,” Kilburn said.

Mraz said her committee met recently and chose morning glory and other colors for the outside of JHS. The scheme will basically be multi-color purple, with some gold, she said. Some of the work won’t be done for another year, she said.

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

By Chad Fleck

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