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Northern Bedford Board Discusses Improvements to Middle/High School Bldg.


February 6, 2020

Christie Sweigart

The Northern Bedford County School Board is discussing proposed improvements to the NBC middle school/high school building. No work will begin until bids are approved at a school board meeting later this year.

The Northern Bedford Country School Board held a special board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to discuss proposed improvements to the middle school/high school building.

The meeting was called to order at the usual time of 6 p.m. by the board president, Randy Wiand. There were five measures on the agenda all pertaining to projects needing attention within the school buildings. These measures will give the school administration permission to seek bids for these projects.

The focus of discussion centered around the middle school/high school building, which needs new windows. The construction company met with board members at a prior meeting to discuss the options being proposed for this project. There were two options presented and board members discussed each and voted on the one they felt would best serve the needs of Northern Bedford.

NBC Superintendent Todd Beatty said that option one would be a brick veneer construction "using masonry for infill around the total outside perimeter of the school," while metal panels would be used for inside the courtyard. He said option two would be a "metal wall panel construction with limited brick veneer," meaning they would only use masonry on the front of the building and everything else would be metal panels.

A pre-bid estimate was given by Crabtree Rohrbaugh of $51,000 for option one, which is the avenue the board ultimately chose to explore, as it felt this option was the better one.

The board also voted to approve bids to be submitted by Crabtree Rohrbaugh for three alternate projects: the replacement of sheet metal flashing and trim which would be applied to metal cornices, fascia and corners; structured polycarbonate panel assemblies in the middle school/high school gym – this bid would include demo; and the third alternate would be installation of roller window shades for the middle school/high school.

The board also voted to allow bidding for abatement of asbestos window glaze, as well as the abatement of asbestos-filled floor tiles that currently reside in classrooms and hallways in the middle school/high school building.

Beatty said that "all asbestos must be abated under a controlled environment because when disturbed, it creates hazardous conditions. Left alone, it is not hazardous.  We also do the required asbestos testing to confirm that our students and staff are safe."

The final measure which was approved for bidding was for rooftop HVAC units to be installed for the elementary school office, library, and also for north end with curbing.

All measures were approved unanimously except for the classroom tiling abatement and replacement, which was passed by a 7-1 vote. John Eshelman was the dissenting vote on this measure.

These measures were for the seeking of bids only. No work will begin until bids are approved at a meeting later this year.

Beatty suggested this would most likely happen as part of the March board meeting.


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