Plans are in place to replace the roof of the upper gym wing at the Greater Latrobe Senior High School complex starting later this fall.

At next week’s regular meeting, the Greater Latrobe School Board will consider a roof replacement proposal with Garland/DBS Inc. The total project cost is just over $1 million but an exact cost wasn’t available at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, said Kurt Thomas, the district’s director of operations and planning.

The current roof dates back to a previous renovation about 20 years ago, Thomas said. More recently, he said the gym has experienced “ongoing roof leaks.”

“We went through last winter a series of weather events that led to some roof leaks,” Thomas said. “Being that it’s above the main gym, we did have some damage done to the floor, but were able to restore it and didn’t have to get rid of the wood floor ... We thought it was in the best interests of the long-term (health) of the building to do a full replacement.”

If given board approval next week, Thomas hopes to start the project “right away.” He said the work won’t interfere with scheduled sporting events and other activities in the gym.

“We’ll do a larger portion of the area — the gym and the pool, which are two problem areas — before Thanksgiving and more than likely that will be all we’re able to get done (before winter),” he said. “And then we’ll come back next spring and do the auxiliary gym.”

Thomas said the five remaining years of the current roof’s warranty will be rolled over to a new 30-year warranty for the new roof.

Also next week, the board will look to approve a $34,255 contract with Horizon Information Services Inc. to replace outdated sound systems in the senior high gym and natatorium.

The contract includes the installation of new speakers in the gym and pool, replacing the pool’s wireless microphone, adding Bluetooth and iPod input wall plates in the pool and gym, along with various other audio-related upgrades.

Thomas said the harsh conditions in the pool area — including chemicals such as the chlorine in the water — eventually led to the deterioration of the building’s audio components.

Additionally, the board next week will look to approve a contract with Stanley Security Solutions Inc. for security access control upgrades at the senior high, junior high and district administration building.

Thomas said the improvements will bring additional electronic card swipe capabilities for school personnel. While a total cost for the project wasn’t available on Tuesday, Thomas said such technological upgrades have a cost of roughly $4,000 to $5,000 per door.

He said the project “ties into our overall security plan.”

Each of the three projects will be paid through the district’s capital project fund, though Thomas said school officials are applying for grants regarding the safety/security project.

Also discussed at Tuesday’s meeting:

  • Dr. Deborah Gilboa, known popularly as “Dr. G,” will speak to students, parents and the local school community at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the senior high auditorium. Gilboa spoke previously with Greater Latrobe School District staff in August on the topic of building resilience in young people, while also offering strategies to support that goal during small group breakout sessions. Derry Area School District parents, teachers and community members are also encouraged to attend;
  • The board heard a presentation on program updates at the senior high school, including the school’s Career Pathways initiative.

In other business, the school board will look to approve these items at next week’s regular meeting:

  • Resignations of Allison Chicka (English teaching assistant), Nathan Fencil (classroom assistant) and Stephen Sackandy (custodian)
  • Bridget DiVittis (early childhood N-3), Sandra Kantor (Spanish K-12), Megan Monack (bachelors in communication and communication sciences and disorders, both ER certified) and Donna Brant (LPN) as substitute teachers;
  • Amanda Hopper, Megan Monack and Tyler Mears as substitute classroom assistants, retroactive to Sept. 30, and Hopper and Monack as classroom assistants;
  • Raven Hrytanski of Mountain View Elementary School as Americorp personnel;
  • Paula Teacher speech and language therapy services agreement for the 2019-20 school year;
  • A day treatment supplemental contract with Adelphoi Inc. for 2019-20 school year;
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit services agreement for the 2019-20 school year;
  • New Story tuition agreement for the 2019-20 school year;
  • Idea-B and Idea-B 619 use of funds agreement between the school district and Westmoreland Intermediate Unit for the 2019-20 school year;
  • Letter of agreement with Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Behavioral Health for the provision of in-school behavioral health services;
  • Approve the following overnight and out-of-state field trips: National Honor Society to New York City, April 16-18; Future Business Leaders of America to Hershey, April 5-8; Forensic Team to Bloomsburg, March 12-14; Vietnam Studies to Washington, D.C., March 26 or April 2; Ski Club to Holiday Valley Mountain Resort in Ellicottville, New York, Feb. 7 or 20; Broadcast and Video Production students to West Virginia University Reed College of Media, Nov. 22; Spanish IV and AP students for an educational/cultural trip to Seville, Spain, TBD; Social Studies students to Washington, D.C., April or May, and Multimedia Journalism and Broadcast and Video Production students to Washington, D.C., December;
  • A total of $15,700 in Highmark Foundation grant funding at each of the district’s three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school for the Stop The Bleed program. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives;
  • Intramural status for the Greater Latrobe trap shooting team. Athletic director Mark Mears said the district has been given permission to use the Greensburg Sportsmen’s Association facility in Mount Pleasant Township at no cost. The program would be self-funded by participants at no cost to the district while competing at the intramural level, he noted;
  • Excela Health Latrobe Hospital physicians service agreement for the 2019-20 school year;
  • Winter sports coaches and salaries for the 2019-20 school year;
  • Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Joint Purchasing Consortium representative and alternate for the 2020-21 school year;
  • For permission to advertise jointly as a member of the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Joint Purchasing Consortium for the 2020-21 school year;
  • First reading of policy revisions related to membership, admission of students, withdrawal from school, health examinations/screenings, cellular phones and food services.

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