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Please see my responses below (in bold).




James E. Vogel | Architectural Consultant

Pennsylvania Department of Education | Bureau of Budget & Fiscal Management

333 Market Street | HarrisburgPA17126

Phone: 717.787.5993 | Fax: 717.705.6805


From: David Bradley []
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:57 AM
To: Vogel, James
Cc: Frank Tamburri
Subject: RE: Lehighton School District (District Wide Facility Study)


Thank you for your review.  


As of last month the EI, Cleaver alliance started pitching a whole new plan.  


Their latest plan is a $30,000,000 elementary center concept. Putting grades K-5 in a single building, closing all the existing elementary schools.

I didn’t see that one as a study options, did you?


JV Response:  No, I don’t see this option considered/evaluated in the January 2011 Study.


Since your cursory review doesn’t look at the accuracy of the study, whose would?  


JV Response:  This is a matter between the School Board and the design professional who prepared this planning document for the School Board.


My primary points are:

1) The study was created with a bias towards construction, including the double adding or options.  

2) The current figures filed on the PlanCon A B don’t match the board’s authorization of “required repairs Status quo option”.


JV Response:  PDE does not have a requirement that these figures match.


On another note, who are the state level governs the local district’s fund balance situation?  They mentioned at a board meeting that our district fund is growing to big for the ‘state’.  This was used as motivating factor to immediately authorize a construction project.


JV Response:  Not sure, perhaps the PA Department of the Auditor General?



David Bradley

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