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BOARD PICKS SUPERVISOR FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BIDS EXPECTED TO GO OUT IN MARCH, WITH WORK TO START BY LATE APRIL

Fred Plummer, a former Franklinville Central School District employee, has been appointed clerk of the works by the Board of Education to oversee a $14,475,000 construction project that could begin as early as late April.

School District Superintendent Richard M. Wachter said Plummer, of Franklinville, was involved with past construction projects in the district. He is now employed by the Allegany-Limestone Central School District where he is assisting with work related to the ongoing construction of a new $25.5 million facility on Five Mile Road.

Plummer's appointment is effective March 1 and was made during Thursday night's school board meeting. The decision came after architect Richard M. Gehring of Trautman Associates reported for more than an hour on the status of the Franklinville project.

An extensive list of improvements, including classroom additions at both the high school and elementary school, are now awaiting formal review by the state Education Department. A decision on the project's eligibility for 94.9 percent building aid reimbursement is expected by mid-February.

Gehring outlined some "deduct alternate" options for removal of some items in the project if needed during the bidding process. He also explained that cost estimates, originally running nine or 10 percent over budget, have been lowered to about four percent.

Wachter said if the go-ahead is received the project will go out to bid sometime in March or April and construction should begin around the last week in April after the community's annual Maple Festival celebration.

In other business, Richard Chapman was appointed to the school board to serve for four months until the May budget vote and school board election. Chapman fills a vacancy created by the December resignation of board member Dan Slocum, who changed his residence in December after 11 years in the post.

Wachter said Chapman is employed in the security division at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

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