Plans For High School Press Box Hit Snag

High bids, permit, slow down process, district retools with new plan to get things moving.


Plans for a at the high school hit a snag last month when bids for the material and work came back significantly higher than what was anticipated.

The district received a grant of $75,000, from state Sen. John Flanagan’s office to use to replace the condemned press box in May. Plans to move forward were stalled when the best bid for the work came in $55,000 over the budget. The bids included materials, delivery and installation.

“We were flabbergasted,” said Assistant Superintendent of Finance, Phil Kenter, at a recent board meeting. “We did our homework on what it should cost.” The district then rejected the bids.

According to Kenter, the district decided to rebid for just the press box and received one bid, for $70,024. Kenter thinks that is something they can work with. The price includes shipping and the necessary features the district was looking for such as roof access, lighting and safety fencing.

According to Agruso, the press box that is there now was condemned and unable to be insured because it was not up to code.

“It must have two forms of egress,” said Agruso back in May. “We were using ladders to access it. The last one was condemned because of that.”

The one caveat on the lower bid is that it does not include the cost of labor. Also slowing down the works is the wait for a permit from New York state, which Kenter said should hopefully come through sometime in late October.

Kenter said at the Tuesday evening meeting that they were working on a donation for labor costs and called it “just about there.”

Bullet aid received by Flanagan's office was reported back in May as $60,000. Kenter said that the grant was increased after May to $75,000.

GLENN September 01, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Sports is all that counts. I am amazed at this. PArents want to brag that they have the best sports team around, that is what is important.
Dump Agruso September 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
At the last board meeting they spoke about the 70k press box. 70k for a press box is really a hight price. Im sure someone is making out good on that deal. But the kicker is that does not include installation or hooking it up. The board spoke about someone donating the resources it will take to install it properly. Im sure that person will have access to some fabulous favors in the district because thats how we do things around here. They also spoke about the school grounds crew doing the demo and removal of the existing structure. Do we have enough people to take care of the schools and add some demo work. Is there going to be some nice overtime checks for that? I agree sports and bragging rights are very important. Has anyone seen the field where the press box would go. Its been bowed for years. Thats imbarrasing.
Susan September 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Dump Agruso, I love your comment. It would really be nice is more people came to the Board Meetings to see what is going on with there tax $'s and the BS that "she" tells people. ALL PARENTS, AND TAX PAYERS REALLY NEED TO TAKE A STAND. GO TO THE BOARD MEETINGS!
TURK 182 September 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
To answer the question about enough employees to take care of the schools,grounds. NO we dont!!!!! just look at the shape of the grounds and condition of schools. Weeds, high grass, pot holes, building repairs that go un-repaired for years, and dirty buildings All due to skeleton crews!!!! Maintenace and cleaning are secondary. Wasting tax payers money is 1st..
Dump Agruso September 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Dont worry everybody. Dr. Agruso im sure will make it look good on paper. She is good at it. Ask people in her old district. They will give you an earfull.
John K Massaro September 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
This woman sounds like a real winner. How come I get the funny feeling I'll be reading about her with the words "indicted after money probe" sometime in the future?
Dump Agruso September 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Agruso will protect herself. She just wont properly protect the students. She has no problem using the districts money or resources to protect her position


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