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Tyrone high school project to change subcontractor

Window firm fails to meet deadlines

TYRONE — Tyrone Area School Board members discussed the dismissal of Window Specialists Inc. of Lebanon from the high school facade improvements project because work wasn’t completed on schedule.

WSI was subcontracted by Mid-State Construction Inc. of Altoona to replace the building’s noninsulated glass with a new insulated glass for its doors and windows by Aug. 16.

Jordan Good, buildings and grounds administrator, said that WSI had not met its contractual timeline and the project currently has a four- to six-week lead time on undelivered materials. “We’re looking at maybe like a rough estimate wrap-up around Thanksgiving. But we’ll take measures to seal up what’s there as we go along here,” he said.

Mid-State, the general contractor, dismissed WSI on Sept. 23 and has hired Glass Mender Inc. of Altoona as the new subcontractor to complete the project.

John Clark, district business manager, said the change was in the best interest of finishing in a timely manner. “We had no choice but to pressure Mid-State to make a change. We thought that was in the best interest of trying to get the project done as quickly as we could possibly get it done,” he said.

Mid-State was contracted in March at a cost of $511,356 for the project. The dismissal of WSI will not incur additional costs for the district.

In other business, the board approved the school district’s participation in a study by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to investigate the affects of driver’s education instruction on safe driving and behavior.

Leslie Estep, acting superintendent, explained that the study focuses on the curriculum and teachers rather than the students. “The study is going to entail some researchers coming to observe our teachers teaching and then doing some traffic monitoring in the parking lot to see what those effects are.”

The next school board meeting has been moved to 7 p.m. Monday.

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