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New bleachers at PHS

PRINCETON — Princeton High School will spend more than $1 million in work projects this fall.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the PHS Board awarded the work project contract to Vissering Construction with a low bid of $1,219,00. The work will include building new bleachers at the football field, as well as building a new press box and a new concession stand with restrooms. The current concession stand will be relocated to the southwest corner of the field and used for storage. The projects will also include fire escape upgrades and the renovation of the school’s greenhouse.

Superintendent Kirk Haring said the work on the new bleachers will begin after the football season ends and is expected to be completed by March 2014.

Haring noted the PHS Board had gone out for bids earlier this year on the bleacher project but agreed to rebid the project in hopes of lower bids. The board saved about $200,000 by not approving the first, higher bid.

In other building and grounds news, Haring said the summer work projects are nearing completion, including roof repairs on the Prouty and south gymnasiums and also some tuckpoint work. The summer interior cleaning and painting work is also progressing well and should be finished by the start of school, he said.

On Thursday, Haring said the next major project for the board to consider is work on the science building roof. That project is anticipated to be accomplished during the next four years, he said.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, the PHS Board approved several personnel action items. The board accepted the resignation of math teacher Anne Hartz and hired Josephine Gustafson as a new math teacher. The board also appointed Emily Cook as a girls assistant volleyball coach and Julie Musselman as a volunteer assistant volleyball coach.

In his report, Principal Andy Berlinski announced the all-day freshman orientation is scheduled for Aug. 13 and will be run again by the Ignition mentors. The sophomores, juniors and seniors will have registration on Aug. 14. The first day of student attendance is set for Aug. 19, with a 2 p.m. dismissal. The 2 p.m. early dismissal will be used for the first two weeks of school, Berlinski said.

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