North Syracuse BOE awards Smith Road construction contracts

During the North Syracuse Board of Education meeting August 16 at the Administrative Offices, 5355 West Taft Road, the board awarded the contracts for the renovation project at Smith Road Elementary School, 5959 Smith Road.

The bids for general construction, mechanical, electrical, roofing and plumbing contracts were opened during a special meeting on August 10. The board received nine bids for general construction contracts, five for mechanical, eight for electrical, nine for roofing and eight for plumbing.

The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders meeting the specifications.

Parsons-McKenna Construction Co, Inc., of Liverpool, was awarded the general construction contract in the amount of $5,913,700; Brosh Mechanical, of Liverpool, was awarded the mechanical bid for $2,774,000; Huen New York, Inc., of East Syracuse, was awarded the electrical contract for their $1,836,800 bid; Titan Roofing, Inc., of Clinton, was awarded the roofing contract for $1,393,700; and Brosh Mechanical was also awarded the plumbing contract for $863,800.

Also during the meeting, Sheryl Garofano and Shirley Ware, from the C-NS High School Family and Consumer Science Department, gave a presentation on their progress towards the New York State Board of Regents Career and Technical Education (CTE) approval application. The pair has been working on the application for three years, and once approved by the state, students completing coursework requirements would earn a NYS Regents diploma, along with a career or technical endorsement. The board approved the application, and with the signatures of Superintendent Jerome Melvin and Pat Carbone, board president, the application can be sent to Albany for consideration.

The board also presented an honorary high school diploma to Joe Leva, 87, of North Syracuse, as part of the New York State Operation Recognition program. The program awards veterans that were unable to complete school due to WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars. Leva served in the 670th Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group where he moved bombs to the loaders for the bomber planes during WWII. He later settled in North Syracuse with his wife, Victoria, where he was a member of the Sheet Metal Union for 34 years, and had two sons, Joseph and John.

The next Board of Education meeting is 7 p.m. August 30 at the Administrative Offices.

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