Palmerton Area School District could award a contract for its athletic field bleacher replacement project at next week's school board meeting.

Superintendent Carol Boyce told the school board at a special meeting on Tuesday that a contract could be awarded when the board meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Rob Sarnowski, of Barry Isett & Associates, Trexlertown, the school district's engineer of record, was scheduled to give construction updates to the board.

But, upon further deliberation, Boyce said Sarnowski thought it best to hold off until next week's board meeting.

Based on the bids the district received earlier this month, it appears as though the stadium project could cost it nearly three-quarter of a million dollars.

Three companies submitted bids to the district on Thursday, with CMG, of Easton, turning in the apparent low bid of $774,000 to do the project.

The project also calls for a weight room roof, demolition, installation of a permanent grandstand, and associated site improvements.

It is included in the list of bond projects after the board agreed last fall to borrow $5 million and restructure its 2006 bond issue.

In September, the board awarded a contract to JB Electric, of Minersville, in the amount of $99,469, to replace its high school stadium lighting.

That project, which is currently under way and is also included in the list of bond projects, involves the installation of four new steel poles, foundations and lighting fixtures at the stadium.

Also on Tuesday, the board heard from a former school director who urged the board to work together for the best interests of the students.

Dolores George said she previously served on the board for 14 years, and reminded the board that its duty is to look out for the students and the taxpayers of the district.

"Congratulations; this is a very hard job," George said. "I have done this, and I hope we can bring pride back to the district."

George then extended her help to any board member who may seek guidance from her at some point in time.

"Sometimes, it's a thankless job, and sometimes, it gets hard," she said. "You have to think of the kids; that's what you're doing."

In an unrelated matter, Tiffany Christman, president of the Palmerton Youth Wrestling Cheerleading Association, informed the board that the parents club recently purchased warm-ups for the wrestlers.

"The parents club bought the jackets and shorts for the team," Christman said. "We signed a contract for the uniforms to be maintained for two years."

Scherer told Christman "the board is very appreciative of the parents club to do that."

In other business, the board:

Ÿ Appointed Boyce as primary voting delegate, and Director Sherry Haas as first alternate voting delegate to the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee.

Ÿ Accepted the donation of funds from the SS Palmer Elementary PTO to the SS Palmer Yearbook Club in the amount of $2,736 to purchase yearbooks for the 6th grade class.

Ÿ Accepted the donation of funds from the Towamensing PTO to the Towamensing Yearbook Club in the amount of $940 to purchase yearbooks for the 6th grade class.