EVERETT — The Everett Area School District is planning to upgrade an antiquated water treatment system in Everett Elementary before it starts causing problems.

Superintendent Danny Webb told the school board at its meeting Monday night that the water system replacement project will be the next big project recommended by the district’s facilities committee.

“This is a preventative measure,” Webb said. “We’re working on it before we do have issues.”

Webb said there are no issues with the water in the school and that the water is tested daily. But he said the well water treatment system used dates back to the construction of the school in the 1970s.

“The water system is working fine right now — we’re not having any problem with it,” he said. “But it is antiquated.”

Webb said the district will have an engineering firm design upgrades to the treatment system. He said he is hopeful the work will go out to bid within the next month or two.

Another smaller proposed project recommended by the facilities committee was repairing the visitors side bleachers at the athletic field.

The work comes following a recommendation made by Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates of Mechanicsburg, an engineering firm that recently completed a feasibility study on the district.

Webb said the foundation of the bleachers will need new concrete slabs, estimating the project will cost a couple thousand dollars.

“It’s not a high expense because it’s not a full replacement,” he said.

Work on the bleachers is expected to be done early this summer.

Webb told the board work on the district’s new fitness room is progressing.

“We’re hoping to have the facility area ready by June to begin transfer equipment in there,” Webb said.

The new weight room will be added in about 1,800 square feet of a former shop area, which is in the same wing of the high school as the gym. The current weight room is about 1,300 square feet. The room will be dedicated in memory of Tom Waltman, a former physical education teacher and coach for the district who died at the age of 54 this past July.

Webb said new equipment for the room will be added as funds are available.

The school board also approved:

— Renewed an agreement with Chestnut Ridge School District to use Ignite Educational Services for alternative education services in 2019-20 at a cost of $43,501.32.

— The 2019-20 Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 budget. The district’s contribution is about $5,186.

— Out-of-state trip May 6 to the Antietam Battle Field for Talent Pool.

— KLA Roofing and Construction to install 300 feet of flashing around the gym and cafeteria base walls and the lower roofing areas for $3,668.50.

— Lunch prices of $2 at the elementary schools and $2.15 at the middle and high schools. Breakfast will be $1 district wide. All prices are the same as the current ones.

— Renew, by mutual consent, the 2019-20 food service agreement with the Nutrition Group for the third year of a five-year contract.

— Derrick Hershberger as an interim After3 coordinator, retroactively effective March 5.

— Cynthia Pepple’s letter of retirement as a teacher assistant, effective June 30.

— Kristin Troutman’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave through May 10 and Kelly Winegardner’s FMLA leave from May 6 through the end of the school year.

— Renee Mantia’s resignation as head junior high cheerleading coach, effective the end of the school year.

— Dwight Wink Jr. as a volunteer track coach for the 2019 spring season.

— Lorrie Logsdon’s resignation as After3 coordinator, effective May 31 and Barbara Barron’s hiring as After3 summer program coordinator for up to 50 hours at $42 per hour.

— Unpaid leave for Tracy Koontz from April 22 to April 29.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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