Officials in the Belle Vernon Area School District plans to upgrade several of its facilities using a 20-year $3.8 million insured bond.

On Monday, the BVA school board voted to direct PFM Financial Advisers LLC to structure the issuance of 2020 series general obligations bonds to finance capital improvements such as window replacement at the middle school and Marion Elementary School, as well as paving, painting, security equipment upgrades and other miscellaneous work.

According to President Joe Grata, the board has compiled a working list with about 36 items. He noted that the list is a work in progress and the district may defer or postpone projects until more funds are available.

“We want to use this money to cover as many needs of the maintenance, repairs, upgrades and building preservation as possible,” said Grata, during the board’s monthly meeting at the district’s administrative offices. “But we don’t have enough money at the present time to cover everything.”

Director Joel Whiteko, who serves as chairman of the Facilities, Grounds and Transportation Committee, will present the tentative list of projects at the board’s next meeting.

“We have to do what we can to keep a creative and pleasant environment for students and staff that is safe and secure,” said Grata.

In other business, the board:

n Approved a memorandum of understanding with Fells United Methodist Church as a reunification site for the district, as part of its emergency preparedness planning.

n Approved a sub rate increase from $8.75 per hour to $10 per hour for substitute cafeteria workers, secretaries and aids, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

n Accepted the resignation of Vince Yantko, who served as high school assistant track and throwing coach.

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