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Update: Moon Schools Terminates Contract with Middle School Construction Firm

School board member said the contract termination will likely not impact the opening of the renovated middle school.

The terminated its contract with the Ross Township-based Reginella Construction, which served as a main contractor on the district's middle school renovation.

The district's contract with Reginella will now end June 28. The firm was contacted by the district in a June 14 letter that gave notice of the termination. 

District officials could offer no immediate explanation or details on the contract's termination, or how it might affect the district's ongoing middle school construction.

Citing the potential for litigation, district solicitor Michael Brungo said school officials "really can't discuss much" about the contract termination or its impact.

"This is a move forward for the district to work with [the performance bond surety] and have things effectively completed [at the renovated middle school] in time for the school year," Brungo said in public comments at the meeting. 

The board approved the following motion in a 9-to-0 vote:

"Upon receipt of the architect's letter of June 7, 2012, stating that grounds exist for the termination of Reginella Construction Company for cause, the receipt of Reginela Construction Company's letter of June 11, 2012, stating that it has terminated its contract, and Reginella Construction company's subsequent actions on the site, the Board of Education hereby terminates Reginella Construction company's contract for cause pursuant to Article 14.2 of the General Conditions for the Contract for Construction, effective June 28, 2012. Reginella Construction Company has by letter dated June 14, 2012 from the solicitor's office been provided a seven-day notice of this intent to terminate."

Board member Dennis Harbaugh, who chairs the district's facility committee, said he could not comment on how the contract termination could impact the middle school renovation.

The building is to open for middle school students in grades five through eight in the fall and to be completed by mid-summer. 

Representatives from Reginella and project management firm Eckles Architecture did not attend the meeting.

Reginella could not be reached for comment.

Update: School board member Jeffrey Bussard said the termination of Reginella's contract will likely not impact the opening of the new middle school. 

According to Bussard: 

"Also, I want to state that construction progress on the middle school project continues to proceed. JC Pierce continues to coordinate the project as our construction manager. 

Certainly, like all construction projects, there are last minute issues to be resolved. We had them when we opened the new high school and when we re-opened McCormick. As of today, I am optimistic that the building will be ready for the 2012-13 school year and it will be a building that our district will be very proud of."

Correction: A previous version of this story reported Reginella constructed the district's high school. The firm Nello Construction was involved in the construction of the high school. 

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MoonMan15108 June 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
So wait, they got rid of the firm who is in charge of building the MS? Brilliant bunch of board members here.
Teri Shaw June 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Talk about empty promises. This board ran on openness, scaring the public saying we would have to raise taxes because of the spending of the previous board. All lies. Scappe's board left the district in great shape. 9.2 million in the fund balance creating the district not to raise taxes for the third year in a row. Great job Mr. Scappe. I hope you can straighten out the State's budget when you win this November.
Airdoc June 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The board received a recommendation from the architect and a letter from the construction company that THEY terminated the contract. "For cause" means there was a breach of contract.
The Dude June 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Anyone passing the renovated Middle School can see that it is not done. I have heard stories of low workers and slow progress. I thought the timeline was to have them done a moved by the end of the school year. I heard a rumor that the building may not be ready in time for September.
Louisa June 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hold on Teri, remember this is Mark Scappe's project, contractor, construction manager, and architect, it's his project big time! Perhaps if the expansion to house 5th graders in this building was not added to the project the school would already be finished. If you recall Mr. Scappe championed moving the 5th graders. If the current board cancelled the contractor with cause I'm sure they have a good reason. It's probably more than enough work to complete a Scappe inspired project on time without intentionally upsetting the schedule. An audit should be commissioned as to why the Mark Scappe school board hired a firm that was unable to renovate the middle school on time. Blaming the current school board for a mess they inheirited is totally unjustified. If the building is not finished by Labor Day where will my middle school daughter attend, the old middle school building?
lynn June 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hey Louisa, the new High School was a Mark Scappe project, and it was finished on-time without any disruption to the students. It's interesting that the yellow team has been in charge for 7 months now and the building project is in complete chaos! It has been quite evident from day one that the yellow team doesn't know what it's doing, and this mess is only further proof. If Mark Scappe were still in charge this project would have been finished on-time.
Teri Shaw June 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Louisa I never stated anything about the construction project. First Mr. Scappe did not hire the contractor to do the work. It was bid out publicly and awarded to the low bidder. The previous board had nothing to do with who was to build it. I guess you do not understand construction. Secondly, Mr. Scappe got a recommendation from the committee to add the 5th graders. You need to get over the 5th grade move. I have not heard that the building will not be open for school. I am sure the current board had cause to cancel the contract of Reginello. I never blamed the current board about this. I stated that the sky was not falling as they campaigned on.
Louisa June 26, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Lynn, you may have forgetten but I didn't, the new HS was to open September 2010, and instead opened in January or Febrary of 2011, half a school year too late. If you want to give Mr. Scappe credit for opening a building on time it isn't going to be the high school. Maybe the black and yellow team can pull this one out of the fire and somehow resuce the project and get it opened on time!
Kathy Dunger June 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
To all readers of these blogs.....Don't let Mark Scappe pull the wool over your eyes. He masquerades as many different people on this web site. You can bet anyone who is promoting him, (aka Lynn or Teri Shaw), is in fact Scappe. If you check there is no Teri Shaw in Moon Twp. This is his normal mode of operation. He is a typical crooked politician who will try to do anything to garner votes. I'm so looking forward to him getting his butt kicked in the fall election. Good luck Lynn, Teri Shaw or whatever other name you come up with Scappe.
Jim Franklin June 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I bet Mark Scappe has better things to do than sit around posting under fake names on this blog. Don't you people ever get tired of talking about Mark Scappe did this, Mark Scappe didn't do that? I'm sure tired of reading it. Why don't we try examining decisions and actions on their own merits rather than turning everything into a Team A versus Team B scenario? It sounds like Reginella initiated the termination, not the district? How in the world can they get a new company in and finish on time? It sounds like an impossible feat. What were the "subsequent actions on the site?"
Cathy June 27, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Correction for Louisa. The new high school was supposed to open in 2006 and may have been scheduled for 2005 - I just can't remember.. My daughter would have been the first graduating class. Then is was supposed to open in 2010 and my second daughter was supposed to be the first graduating class. What do remember is it was all about the money and not what was best for our kids. At least the previous board got it done! I guess I'm just gun shy.
lynn June 27, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Hey Louisa I didn't forget that friends of yellow team,( Ben Bonham, Mark Limbrunner and Jeff Bussard ), canceled the original project, thereby delaying it by at least four years and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars. And I didn't forget that the Mark Scappe board got the new high school completed on-time. I also didn't forget that the yellow team criticized Mark Scappe for change orders, and guess what- the yellow team has approved every single change order that they have seen! As I stated earlier, chaos has reigned ever since the yellow team gained control of the board.
Kelaine June 27, 2012 at 02:39 AM
What is so sad about this is that the kids and the future are what matter. The past is over, so get over it! Move forward and deal with the crap that is involved with such a large project as building 2 large schools that need to be safe and efficient for years to come!! I could care less if Mark Scappe is posting under fake names, sticks and stones. Look outside the box, and don't be so caught up in he said, she said nonsense. You are either part of the solution, or part of the problem; remember this is about the kids that we chose to have and we owe it ti them to put aside crap that gets us 5 steps forward and then 20 back!
Just Chuck June 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Here is the problem folks. We built two high schools. The "new" middle school was designed as a high school by a previous board. In order for Scappy to keep the ball rolling when he re-took the majority from the much maligned Limbruner gang he had to deal with a design that included capacity for four grades (9,10,11,12). That drove his abrupt decision to move the 5th graders. If you are looking for someone to blame, Scappy is the man..
Teri Shaw June 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Kathy you are a funny girl. This is a public blog site. I do not have to live in Moon. I moved not that it is any of your business. I was hear when the projects were cancelled and millions were wasted. However I still have family in Moon. Just Chuck the 5th graders were moved due the re-districting committees recommendation. Nothing more. I agree with some other posts you need to move on and see what this current board is doing or not doing. Change orders approved, contractors terminated. This is were the real focus should be not Scappe. By the way I hope he wins his election I will be voting for him.

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