Construction Season

FREWSBURG – The Frewsburg Central School District is one step closer to undergoing its next capital project.

On Monday, the district’s Board of Education approved a resolution appointing a contractor for the first of a two-phase construction project which is to be performed on the Robert H. Jackson Elementary School.

The resolution named H.H. Rauh Contracting Co. as the lowest bidder for the project, with an amount of $208,500. According to Danielle O’Connor, Frewsburg superintendent, H.H. Rauh has been approved for the initial construction phase of the district’s capital project, but it has not yet been determined when the project will begin.

“(H.H. Rauh) was approved for phase one, (but) the start date has yet to be scheduled,” said O’Connor. “There will be a preconstruction meeting.”

Previously, O’Connor had said she is eyeing spring break and the summer months for this particular project.

She added: “Phase one is the replacing of part of the roof on the elementary school as well as reconstructing the driveway on one end of the school. We want to create two separate driveways so we can have a bus loop and a driveway for parents to drop off their kids. Hopefully, we can start construction over spring break and begin replacing the roof at that time. After school lets out, we will look at starting parking lot construction from the end of June until the middle of August.”

O’Connor said the second phase of the project would involve interior work at the school, such as replacement of the cafeteria floor and boilers, as well as the construction of two new computer rooms. The interior work would require the project to be completed over the summer months of 2014, and the district will repeat the process of seeking sealed bids.

The capital project was first listed in a legal notice, submitted to The Post-Journal on Jan. 9, seeking the submission of sealed bids for the construction of a planned facilities reconstruction project. The district received bids through Feb. 12, when bids were read aloud in the Frewsburg Jr.-Sr. High School community room.

O’Connor has also previously stated that the district has $125,000 of district funds to put toward the project, while the majority of the funding will come from building aid.

“This will have no impact on the taxpayers,” she said.