The Red Lion school district approved construction bids that will allow three elementary schools to become more secure by the start of the next school year.

The district OK'd three contracts for the $636,698 project. That's about $13,000 less than the estimated $650,000 price tag for the project, according to business manager Terry Robinson.

The work will be done at the Clearview, Windsor Manor and North Hopewell-Winterstown elementary schools. Security vestibules will be installed at each of the schools' entrances.

Robinson said the other schools in the district already have entrances that require visitors to enter through a school office. This project will bring the three remaining schools up to that standard, he said. The largest contract was awarded to East Coast Contracting Inc. for the general construction work. The New Cumberland-based company will receive $376,800 for the project.

A second contract for plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning was awarded to Davidson H. & C. Inc. based in Hanover. That contract was for $114,043. The final contract, for electrical services, is for $145,855 and was awarded to Engles & Fahs Inc. based in York.

Robinson said the $13,000 left from the original project estimate likely will be kept aside as an unofficial contingency fund for unexpected costs during the project.

He added parents and students might begin to see some construction equipment at the schools before the end of the school year, but construction will not begin until students are on summer break.

Robinson said the goal is to have the three projects completed before students return to school in August.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.