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Carlisle Area School Board members recently approved $665,290 in contracts to complete the conversion of former warehouse space in the district administration building into office space.

The following contracts were approved: general construction — $367,000 to East Coast Contracting Inc., New Cumberland; mechanical construction — $142,230 to MidState Mechanical and Electrical of Dillsburg; plumbing construction — $28,880 to Stouffer Mechanical Contractor of Chambersburg; and electrical construction — $127,180 to Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg.

The work is the second phase of a project to convert the space and eventually transfer over district staff currently located at the Swarner House, which adjoins Lamberton Middle School.

“We are moving toward having a more centralized administration,” said Brian Guillaume, property committee chairman. He called the bids competitive and added the total came in lower than the original estimate by district administrators.

Both the general construction and electrical contracts each received four bids ranging from $367,000 to $419,000 and $127,180 to $163,850 respectively. The mechanical and plumbing contracts each received seven bids ranging from $142,230 to $208,000 and $28,880 to $48,400 respectively.

The board in July awarded a $135,330 bid to Shannon A. Smith of Myerstown, Lebanon County, to implement the first phase of the project and install a replacement heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system in the administrative building.

Carlisle school district in September 2014 acquired the former Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintenance building at 540 W. North St. with the intent of converting that building into a district-wide maintenance and warehouse facility.

As a result, the warehouse function at the end of the administration building was relocated to the West North Street building freeing up the space for conversion into offices.

The school board in 2015-16 and 2017-18 allocated a total of $1.2 million toward the project to convert the warehouse space into office space.

Once the conversion is complete, the school board will relocate all of its committee meetings to the large group instruction room in the Fowler Building of Carlisle High School, board president Paula Bussard said. Currently, committee meetings are held in a conference room in the administration building.

Regular board meetings have been held for years in the large group instruction room. “We will give everyone notice,” Bussard said about the location change.

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