Bids for two of the building renovation projects on the school campus were approved by the Wayne County Board of Education during their meeting on Thursday, February 20.

    The two projects include the renovation at Monticello Elementary 
School and the changes that need to be made at the district services 
building, where central office, technology, and maintenance will all 
merge into one location. This will be in the building formerly 
occupied by the Area Technology Center.
    Bids for the Monticello Elementary School project were opened last 
month, but construction officials had entered competitive 
negotiations with some of the bidders to try to save on the total 
cost of the project.
    The price for the project has been trimmed by about $800,000 and 
totals approximately $6.3 million.
    Bids were opened recently for the district services building. The 
total cost for that project is approximately $2.7 million.
    The Wayne County District Finance Corpora-tion, which consists of 
members of the school board, authorized the issue of revenue bonds 
for both projects. They will be handled through one bond sale, which 
will save the district about $18,000.
    Bonds will be sold in the amount of $8.6 million for the two projects.
    The renovation projects are expected to begin be underway at about 
the same time.
    The new Area Career and Technology Center is very near completion, 
according to Tim Geegan with Alliance Corporation. Geegan expects the 
building will be done by mid-March.
    The board announced plans to hold their meeting in March in the new 
building.
    Also during the meeting, the board reviewed the school calender for 
the 2020-2021 school year was recommended by the committee. The 
calendar is similar to the one the district is currently operating 
under, including a traditional fall break, Christmas vacation and 
spring break.
    The calendar was approved by the board. The first day of classes for 
students next year will be August 12. The final day for classes would 
be May 17, if no days are missed due to inclement weather.
    Earlier in the meeting, the board enjoyed special music provided by 
Halen  Pharis. Pharis, a clarinet player for the Wayne County band, 
was recently selected for the All-State Band, marking the first time 
a local student has received this honor in about a decade.
    Pharis performed the National Anthem for the board.
    In other action, the school board:
    • Approved the staffing formulas for next year, which will remain 
the same as this year.
    • Declared two buses and two vehicles as salvage property.
    • Approved a facility request for the use of the gym by the Harlem 
Wizards on April 14.
    • Approved a pay application for the track and soccer field construction project.

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