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Mini-stadium might be discussed by school board this week

By Phyllis Zimmerman, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 11/6/19

Once again, the Middletown Area School Board will have to wait a little longer to review bid options for the school district’s planned synthetic turf mini-stadium complex.

Originally, the …

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Mini-stadium might be discussed by school board this week

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Once again, the Middletown Area School Board will have to wait a little longer to review bid options for the school district’s planned synthetic turf mini-stadium complex.

Originally, the school board was scheduled to review two bid options on Oct. 15 for the 500-seat stadium and an athletic amenities building that would be located in front of the high school, as well as a new maintenance/storage facility that would be situated behind the school. The review process was put on hold, however, after the district’s Steering Committee met on Oct. 3.

At that time, the Steering Committee – which comprises Superintendent Lori Suski, district chief financial officer David Franklin, director of operations William Meiser, athletic director Cliff Smith, and school board member Melvin Fager — met with David Horn of Architera to review the project costs that Horn presented at the Sept. 17 school board meeting.

On Sept. 17, Horn said that the project cost estimates now totaled around $3.7 million, an increase of more than $500,000 from 2018. “The estimates came in much higher than we anticipated,” Superintendent Lori Suski said last week.

As a result, the Steering Committee spent four hours with Architera representatives on Oct. 3 “looking at every aspect of the project” for cost-cutting measures that wouldn’t impact the overall plan, Suski said. Since then, architects have been updating the project plans to include recent feedback from the Steering Committee. Suski said that architects tentatively plan to present updated bid options to the school board today, Nov. 6.

But that’s not all.

Suski also said last week that the school board probably won’t select a bid option for advertisement on Nov. 6 because the district still is waiting to receive needed paperwork from the Dauphin County Conservation District and the Federal Aviation Administration.