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March 20, 2014

News in brief for March 20, 2014

- — City opens bids for stormwater project

HERMITAGE – Hermitage city officials opened six highly competitive bids Wednesday from companies that want to do a stormwater drainage improvement project on Festor Lane.

J&T Paving of Greenville submitted the apparent low bid at $107,940. The other bids ranged from $109,071 to $169,262.

Officials had set aside $110,000 for the project, which engineer Herbert, Rowland and Grubic had estimated at $115,000.

The project calls for replacing or installing 600 feet of pipe. None of the work will be done in the street, although a number of driveways will be dug up and repaired, said engineer Jon Snyder.

An open drainage channel running between Festor and Pleasant Drive will be piped.

The replacement work will remove pipe that had been installed over the years, much of it by homeowners.

Prior to the successful bidder starting work, city employees will do work on Pleasant, Snyder said.

Festor is slated to be resurfaced by a separate contract, which city commissioners could award the same day as the stormwater project,  March 26.

Pa. Senate approves school snow days bill

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg.

The state Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, sending it to the state House of Representatives.

The sponsor, Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County, says the bill would help districts avoid extending the school year deep into June to make up for school cancellations and delays during Pennsylvania’s severe winter.

Under the bill, districts could lengthen school days to make up time by allowing them to calculate the school year on an hourly basis, rather than a daily basis. Also, the bill would let districts hold classes on one Saturday each month.

Corman says the bill mirrors legislation passed in 1996 after severe flooding.

School chief: Calamity days bill won’t apply

BROOKFIELD – Ohio legislators approved a bill that would give school districts an extra four calamity days to offset the large number of snow days that students were forced to take, but it isn’t as simple as it first appears, said Brookfield Local Schools Superintendent Tim Saxton.

Other contingency options must be exhausted first, such as using take-home assignments in “blizzard bags” or doing similar work online.

“You have to use those other options first to get credit for school days. In this case, it doesn’t appear as though this bill will help Brookfield. It doesn’t just give us four days to use at our discretion,” he said.

Students missed seven days of school due to bad weather.

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