Silver Creek school leaders discuss bids

SILVER CREEK – It is possible that alterations to the Silver Creek Central School and campus will begin as early as April. Work is planned for both the 2013 and 2014 construction seasons.

Architect Paul Hedin from Clark Patterson Lee (formerly Habiterra) presented his bid analysis summary to the Silver Creek Central Board of Education recently. Bids were publicly opened and read on Jan. 15.

Hedin said he was pleased with the number of bids returned and the fact the base bids were less than expected and within the referendum.

“The good news is that we can do more than was expected,” he said.

He also noted money was left in contemplation of future change orders.

Work scheduled for 2013 includes fence replacement for the athletic complex, reconstruction of the bus garage parking lot and parking lot expansion there, construction of a new parking lot and east lot reconstruction. In 2014, work will include reconstruction of the existing bus loop and sidewalks, construction of a walk-around at the back of the main building, and construction of a new baseball field.

Hedin recommended alternate projects including fencing, an elementary school office renovation, elementary school air conditioning, replacing ceiling tiles, locker renovation, a new baseball field, casework in a science room, a message sign for the elementary and the high school, and a driver’s training room.

The total for the recommended bids was $10,178,400. Detailed spread sheets containing information about all the bids received and the final recommendation was given to the board as well as members of the public present. No vote was taken at the time; the board decided to take the time to study this.

Other members of Clark Patterson Lee discussed the scope and the expected sequence of items to be completed.

Hedin thanked the board for allowing the firm’s presentation to be early in the agenda, and left the large visual representations of the project with Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich.

Ljiljanich recognized Martha Howard, school board president and Marjorie Foxton for their attendance at numerous development training opportunities sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association. He presented both with certificates acknowledging their achievement.

During the superintendent’s public comments, Ljiljanich handed out a proposed school calendar for the next school year.

“Please write draft on the top of this,” he said.

He created the calendar to mirror the BOCES calendar, with a couple of exceptions.

He called next year’s school year “elongated.” By that he meant that the school year starts early (Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day) and the last Regents exam is June 26, which is late.

Ljiljanich proposed adding two holidays, one near Columbus Day and one near Memorial Day, creating four-day breaks, which would include weekends. He asked the board to study the calendar. The next meeting will be Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. with a workshop at 6 p.m.

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