William McKay - Governor Mifflin School District superintendent

SHILLINGTON, Pa. – The Governor Mifflin School Board has approved changes in the district's administrative leadership.

The board's members voted unanimously Monday night to accept the resignation of Steven Gerhard as the district's superintendent, effective Dec. 31, and to appoint William McKay as superintendent, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024. McKay has served as assistant superintendent since 2016.

Also, the board heard an update about phase-one of the community center and school renovation project from Damien Spahr, project manager for siteLogiq, King of Prussia, Montgomery County, and David Schrader, principal of Schrader Group Architecture LLC, Philadelphia.

Spahr said the community center was in the schematic phase and was budgeted at $23.875 million in 2019. The high school and middle school were undergoing program updates and had been budgeted at $15.739 million and $16.245 million, respectively, in 2019. The elementary schools were budgeted for boiler replacement and lighting upgrades at a cost of $1.438 million.

Schrader explained that the community center will be built first so that the athletic rooms in the high school and middle school can be moved to make way for additional classroom space in the high school and centralize special education around the courtyard in the middle school.

Schrader encouraged the board to move quickly to take advantage of an improved bid market due to COVID-19's impact on the construction industry. The earlier phase-one is completed, Schrader said, the more likely it is to be able to control escalation of costs and expensive change orders.

The total cost for phase-one, in addition to the $23.875 million allocated for the community center, is estimated to be $9.6 to $10.3 million. The total cost for all projects is $57.298 million, and the goal is for completion in the summer 2024.

At its next meeting, the board will vote on an agreement with Schrader Group to provide architectural services for renovations to the high school and middle school buildings and for the construction of a new community center building.

Other matters

The board approved replacing a boiler heat exchanger at Mifflin Park Elementary School by Gasmaster Industries Ltd. and R&C Heavy Mechanical LLC at a cost of $40,500, to be paid from capital reserve funds.

Also, the board approved the replacement of a generator at Cumru Elementary School by Dynatech for $108,513, to be paid from capital reserve funds.

In addition, at the next voting meeting, the board will vote on an agreement with New Story School (Wyomissing location) to provide special education services for an unnamed student during the 2020-2021 school year at the rate of $280 per day.

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