High school to be under summer construction

EAST LIVERPOOL-It will be lights out at East Liverpool High School for part of the summer as workers upgrade the building’s electrical service and heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.

The project to make the improvements over summer vacation got the go-ahead Monday from the East Liverpool City school board, which accepted an $81,886 bid from Entertech Electrical of Lowellville, Ohio.

The bid covers the replacement of the high school’s main disconnect panel, which controls the electrical service to the building, and the installation of an expansion tank for the HVAC system, said architect Jay Crafton of BSHM Architects, of Youngstown.

The project will take about 10 weeks to complete, which includes the time it takes to order and manufacture the replacement parts, Crafton said. Electricity to the building will be shut off for four to five days in July while the panel is being installed, and a generator will ensure that essential items such as freezers are kept running during that time, he said.

Work is expected to be done by the end of July. “We only have a small window in which to get this work done because school starts on Aug. 25,” Superintendent James Herring said.

The high school project was approved by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, ensuring that 87 percent of the project will be funded by the state, Crafton said.

Also Monday, the board’s building and grounds committee reviewed plans for the renovation of part of the Westgate Middle School roof. Bids for that project, which encompasses more than 50 percent of the roof, will be opened at 10 a.m. Friday.

The 60-year-old steel roof is leaking and needs to be replaced in certain parts of the building, which also houses the school district’s administrative offices and board room. The project will involve the installation of new roofing material, flashing, additional drains, and tapers to divert water more efficiently to the drains.

“You try to get the water off the roof as quickly as you can,” Crafton said.

In a tour of the facility prior to Monday’s board meeting, Herring noted that the steel canopy over the main entrance is leaking in several spots. The water has caused rust stains and, in the winter, creates a safety hazard when it freezes, Herring said.

The school board hopes to award a contract at a special meeting early next week.

In other business Monday, the board:

* Authorized the purchase of professional recording studio equipment for the ELHS Vocational Media Arts program. Using state vocational education funds, the board approved the purchase of a sound board, Pro Tools software and other gear from Sweetwater Sound Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind., for $41,818, as well as two iMacs from Apple Inc. for $4,936.

Media arts instructor Jason Croxall told board members the equipment will be used to outfit a recording studio at the high school.

“It’s an exciting project,” Croxall said. “We are getting a very good deal, plus supplying equipment for our students that is the industry standard.”

Croxall said the equipment will be used by students to learn audio and video production, to record choirs, vocalists and musicians, and to produce various broadcasts.

* Approved the graduation list for the class of 2014, which comprises 142 students.

* Authorized the establishment of the Crooks Building Tax Increment Financing District, as requested by Mayor James P. Swoger.

* Renewed the district’s membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2014-15 school year.

* Renewed the district’s participation in the state of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program for the new fiscal year.

* Approved bus routes for summer school.

* Went into executive session to discuss personnel matters relating to discipline and/or dismissal.