Construction on the second phase of the EXCEL project at Mohawk Central School is scheduled to get under way Dec. 21, interim Superintendent Gene Beirne told the school board at a meeting Monday evening.
The project includes removal of the pool at Fisher Elementary School as well as additional work at Fisher and Jarvis schools. The 50-plus year old pool has been closed since 2009 because of the expenses involved with repairing and operating it. Estimates to repair the pool were more than $2.6 million.
King and King Associates, of Syracuse, is serving as the architect for the project while C&S Construction will serve as the management firm to coordinate the various parts of the project.
Beirne noted work would be going on in two buildings and would take place while school is in session.
Besides the removal of the pool, work at Fisher will include providing an additional storm inlet at the base of the bus entrance drive, replacing the exterior doors and hardware, work on the foundation walls in the 1968 wing, work on the media center, replacing the domestic hot water heater and controls, replacing the clock system, expanding the fire alarm system, replacing select emergency lights, providing ventilation for data and telephone rooms and replacing remaining pneumatic controls.
At Jarvis High School, work will include replacing the walk-in cooler in the kitchen, replacing the exhaust fans and controls, replacing the exterior doors, replacing the water softening system, expanding the fire alarm system, replacing select emergency lights, replacing the roof top unit at the main office, providing ventilation for data and telephone rooms and replacing the remaining pneumatic controls.
The school board had hoped to get the work started over the summer, but had to wait for approval of the project from the state Education Department and the go-ahead did not come until October.
Last month, the board reviewed bids and awarded contracts for the work.
The total amount of the bids was $1,404,250. The original estimate for work between the district’s two school buildings was $1,702,000, but the bids came in lower than expected.
State aid will pay for 98 percent of the project; the district’s remaining EXCEL aid will cover the rest of the costs.
The district’s unused EXCEL funds total $1,802,000. The funds were awarded to the school district in 2007 as part of a $11,812,000 project that included the renovation of Lower Tolpa Field.