- State High Project
- State High Project
Press briefing: Special meeting of the Board of School Directors - August 31, 2015
STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE
Aug. 28, 2015
SCASD Director of Communications
SCASD Board of Directors to Review Final State High Project Cost Estimate
State High Project 95 percent estimate
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, the project architect, has prepared the final project estimate, which comes to $129,441,575 at the 95 percent stage.
The estimate breaks down as follows:
South Building — $94,203,098
North Building — $14,556,102
Soft costs — $18,772,675
SP15 project costs (summer site work) — $1,609,700
Traffic light costs — $300,000
From the total project estimate, the district can subtract two state LEED grants, one for $2 million and the other for $1,935,393. As a result, the net cost to SCASD would be $125,506,182.
This would be $10,506,182 more than the project budget passed by referendum vote last year.
But the district’s net cost, as stated above, does not include an estimated $7,666,746 in expected PlanCon reimbursement from the state.
Mid-Level Delta Program — $5,786,970
PE Fitness Center/Auxiliary Gym to base bid — $2,965,200
Performing arts and miscellaneous additions — $2,285,215
Auditorium enhancements — $90,000
PennDOT traffic signal — $300,000
Miscellaneous soft costs and contingencies — $428,838
Removing the North Building kitchen from the base bid subtracted $1,224,992 from the estimate.
State High Project calendar update
The State High Project team will present a revised project calendar to the Board. Under the latest schedule, the bid opening date has been moved up to Nov. 5.
This would place the bid award date on Nov. 16.
A schedule revision outlined for the Board on Aug. 10 called for a Nov. 10 bid opening date and a Nov. 23 bid award date.
In case of complications, a contingency plan establishes Nov. 19 as bid opening date and Nov. 30 as the bid award date.
Charter school subsidy payments
District administrators will recommend that the Board adopt a resolution reducing tuition payments to charter schools until the Commonwealth resolves its budget impasse.
The district’s recommendation is to lower the payments by 18 percent — equal to the percentage of the district’s revenue from state sources.
One other district in the state has chosen this option while the budget is being negotiated. Once a budget is attained, SCASD would resume full payments to charter schools.
The Pennsylvania School Board Association’s General Counsel has written an opinion in support of the action.
“In short, when the Commonwealth stops paying its bills, it is inevitable that school districts might have to put off paying some of theirs,” General Counsel Stuart Knade wrote in the opinion to the PSBA.