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Board picks track project bidder

Board picks track project bidder

Mechanicville-based HMA Contracting Corp. will do the $340,300 job of renovating and improving the S

Mechanicville-based HMA Contracting Corp. will do the $340,300 job of renovating and improving the Schoharie Central Schools’ track and field course and associated areas, the school district’s Board of Education decided this week.

HMA’s bids of $213,300 for the track preparation and paving and $127,000 to coat the track with a synthetic rubberized material was selected over a higher bid from Cobleskill Stone Products.

The board awarded the contract during a special meeting Tuesday.

Contracts for alternate projects for fencing and an events area were not awarded, district Superintendent Brian Sherman said Wednesday.

The track improvements, which include drainage systems to correct a long-standing water problem, are part of a planned $2.5 million renovation and improvement project approved last fall by voters. That track area had originally been projected to cost a total of $340,000, but as costs were coming in higher, the district saved about $46,000 by obtaining some materials separately and doing some work in-house.

Other methods of funding the fencing and events area work will now be explored, Sherman said.

Work on the track preparation should begin this fall, with the coating to be applied in early spring, he said.

Separately funded interior work projects at the high school are proceeding, Sherman said Wednesday.

The girls’ locker room has been gutted, repainted and prepared for the installation of new lockers by mid-September. Defective paint on second-floor walls has been removed, with repainting expected to be finished during the second week of school. Two first-floor restrooms have been gutted, with renovations projected to be complete by the third week in September. The guidance office has also been refurbished.

In other action, the school board appointed Diane Poquette as a special education teacher at a master’s degree salary level of $45,628 annually, effective Sept. 1.

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