U-CF school board approves high school renovation

The Unionville High School renovation project is now a go. After two failed attempts at passing a referendum for the project, the school board voted 6-3 Monday night to approve the project that comes in at just less than $70 million.

Wohlsen Construction of Lancaster won the project with a base cost bid of $52,500,000 plus $395,000 for alternates. Other costs include $1.9 million for the stadium and $16 million in costs such as site work, fixtures, furniture and financing. Total cost is roughly $69,678, 412.

Wohlsen’s bid was 7.2 percent less than the expected cost.

Voting against the project were Timitha Trigg, Ed Murray and Therese West. Each said that they think it’s the right project and right scope, but found other reasons to think it would be wrong to vote for it.

Trigg said the funding was risky and that future boards would have to beg residents to bail out the district.

Murray said it was wrong in light of the two failed referendums, and West said the board might be damaging relations with the community.

Trigg, Murray and West also voted against authorizing the district to work with Public Financial management to structure the financing. Voting with them was Ed Wandersee. The vote was 5-4 in favor.

District Business Manager Robert Cochran said the debt structure would have the district paying $8.3 million from fiscal year 2011-12 through 2031-32.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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