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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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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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