Bethel Park Community Foundation awards grants to district

Published Apr 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm (Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm)

Bethel Park School District students, faculty and athletic teams were the recipients of several grants and donations during a meeting held April 23.

Bethel Park Community Foundation Vice President Dan Duff presented a grant from the foundation to Dylan McKenna of Black Hawk TV for the purchase of a mobile cart and one to Tony Fisher from the Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame for the purchase of a new trophy case.

School board members accepted a donation of $783.48 from the Bethel Park Baseball Boosters for replacement parts for a portable backstop cage. They also received the donation of two 12-foot pole vaults from track coach Mark Jacobs in the amount of $800. In addition, the Bethel Park Soccer Association and Bethel Park High School Soccer Boosters donated two soccer goals for the shared high school soccer and football fields in the amount of $6,875.

In other business, the board, by a vote of 9-0, awarded contracts for the repair and reconstruction of the Independence Middle School parking lot.

The award for general contracting went to A. Liberoni in the amount of $580,201.00 and the award for the electrical work went to Buch Electrical in the amount of $82,300.00.

Matt Howard, assistant to the superintendent/finance and operations, said the bids came in under the $750,000 plus contingencies budgeted for the project.

“Hopefully the whole job will come in under budget,” Howard added.

In February, the board authorized the Hayes Design Group to perform the construction document bidding and construction administration phase services for the parking lot project. The district is paying Hayes $75,000 for that phase of the project.

The project, which will involve removing asphalt as well as some substructure, repaving and electrical work, should be good for 15 to 20 years, according to Kevin Hayes, principal of the architectural firm.

The original parking lot, which has been patched and repaired, is 40 years old.

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