Central York School District will hold off on roof repairs for the middle school in hopes a change in state law will cut the cost up to $100,000.
The Central York school board on Monday approved $391,000 worth of capital improvement projects.
The roof repair was the most expensive project under discussion, with an estimated cost of $275,000, including prevailing wage costs of approximately $100,000.
Board members expressed frustration at the prevailing wage law, which says workers must be paid by a statewide prevailing wage rather than by the wage usually used by the contractor.
"While I understand that we are required to pay these additional costs, it still really chaps me up," board member Gregory Lewis said.
Lewis suggested perhaps the board pull the item because it was his understanding the prevailing wage law, which currently requires districts to pay state prevailing wage on all state-funded construction projects that exceed $25,000, might soon change.
Business manager Brent Kessler agreed, saying current legislation would raise the bar for the prevailing wage to projects that cost more than $185,000.
Kessler told the board if the roof repairs were tabled until the July meeting there would still be enough time to move forward with the project even if it needed to be rebid.
"This delay might save the district $100,000," said Kessler.
Going forward: Approved projects include upgrades to the microphone system at the administration center for $8,000; installation of blinds and vinyl shields in the cafeteria and the gym at the high school for $9,000; and removal of the red paint along the fire lane curb at the high school for $14,500.
Each of the four elementaries had between $15,000 and $23,000 worth of improvements approved. Some of those improvements include annual roofing repairs, painting, parking lot maintenance, installation of stair handrails and some necessary paving.
Also approved were a $25,000 districtwide time clock entry system as well as a $100,000 districtwide phone upgrade.