School Board Approves Surveys at Pleasant Valley and McMurray Elementary
Focusing on athletic field development at PV and ground issues at McMurray.
Citing the need to watch spending in 2011, the Peters Township Board of Education approved two recommendations of the Building, Grounds and Transportation Committee to conduct survey work for the athletic fields at Pleasant Valley Elementary and test borings of the surface at McMurray Elementary.
In a special session held Monday, the board approved a contract with Mcilvried, DiDano & Mox, LLC for $14,250 for a land survey for future development at Pleasant Valley. The survey was recommended by HHSDR Architects, which will draw up specifications for the survey.
"The board decided that there is enough interest in the [athletic field] project to begin with the surveys," said Lori Cuervo, buildings and grounds chairman. "They will give us a very outlined number before we bring it back to the board for a vote."
Cuervo said among the questions to be answered by the survey will be issues such as where the utilities are located, where buildings, such as restrooms and concessions, will have to be located, and the cost of construction.
The second issue addressed by the board was concern over the possibility of pyrite at the site of McMurray Elementary.
The board approved a contract of $14,700 with GEO Mechanics, Inc. to conduct 12 test borings to determine depth and thickness of the soil around the elementary school.
Cuervo said the concern was brought to the attention of her committee due to issues within the building.
"There are a few spots on the floor where we have noticed movement," she said. "These have been isolated spots on the first floor of the building where some of the plates have moved and there is a concern it could be caused by pyrite. However, until we do the testing there is no way we can tell for sure."
The next regularly scheduled Peters Township Board of Education meeting is Jan. 18. The board also scheduled their annual meeting with township commissioners for Jan. 31, which will be held at the township offices.