District seeks bids for Sheffield K-12

Maybe this is a case of saving the best for last.

Having fallen behind the pace of the other construction projects in the Warren County School District for the past several months, the Sheffield expansion and renovation project has now gone out for bid.

The bid details were published in a legal notice in Thursday’s Times Observer.

The notice, which refers to the project as the “Sheffield K-12 School,” says, “The project consists of a one story, nineteen classroom addition to the existing building, as well as improvements to systems within the existing building.”

The school board approved PlanCon F on Monday night. PlanCon is the process outlined by the state for the district to receive state reimbursement for school construction projects.

Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, district director of buildings and grounds, said on Monday that with Part F approved the district could advertise for bids.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PlanCon F “is a conference to review the bid specifications and drawings for the project and documentation that other state and local agency requirements have been met or will be met before entering into construction contracts. Departmental approval of PlanCon Part F authorizes a district to receive bids and enter into construction contracts.”

A final cost for the project cannot be determined until bids are received, approved and tabulated.

One cause for the delay was that the district requested, as was approved, a variance from a PDE rule that prohibits state reimbursement on projects “where the costs for alterations are less than 20 percent of the project building’s replacement value,” according to the PDE website.

Receiving that variance means that $1 million in renovations to the existing facility are eligible for state reimbursement.