Hempfield to Pay $19K for Study
Foreman, Chris, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Hempfield school directors have authorized a Butler County consultant to complete a state-mandated feasibility study of the district's buildings.
Directors voted 6-0 Monday to pay $19,000 to Foreman Architects Engineers, of Zelienople, to prepare the study.
The study, which the state requires every five years, comes at a time when board members are deciding how to proceed with renovations to some of their buildings, such as Wendover Middle School.
In April, the board rejected bids topping $23 million for a project its consultants estimated would cost $16 million. The district has spent about $1.3 million on the project.
Director Robert McDonald briefly questioned hiring the firm, but Superintendent Terry Foriska said it would be worthwhile to keep Foreman because it already has worked with the district on other projects.
Board President John Henry said Hempfield has an outdated districtwide study from seven years ago.
"If we don't do this, then where do we stand with the renovation of Wendover?" board member Diane Ciabattoni said. "This is going to give us information on the whole district so we can see where we need to go. …