The high school maintenance warehouse roof replacement is chief among three projects Palmerton Area School District plans to accept proposals on.

Bids for the high school maintenance roof replacement, Towamensing Elementary deck replacement, and high school chemistry lab improvements are due to the district by March 10.

The district will open bids for the Towamensing Elementary deck replacement at 1 p.m., the high school maintenance warehouse roof replacement at 1:30 p.m., and the high school chemistry lab improvements at 2 p.m.

A prebid meeting will be held for each project in the office of each respective location on March 3. The prebid meeting for the deck replacement is at 1 p.m., the maintenance warehouse roof replacement at 1:30 p.m., and the chemistry lab improvements at 2 p.m. All prospective bidders are invited to attend.

Prospective bidders should note that their home office must be located within a 75-mile radius of Palmerton to be eligible to bid on any of the projects.

Questions may be submitted in writing via fax (610-398-8909), or by email to Robert Sarnowksi (rsarnowski@barryisett.com) at the engineer's office on or before March 7 at noon. Responses will be submitted to all registered plan holders.

Clearly, the high school maintenance roof replacement is expected to be the most costly of the projects based on previous estimates. Sarnowksi, of Barry Isett & Associates, said the high school roof is expected to cost about $1,053,000, which would account for the bulk of the year one projects that total about $1,767,400.

Last month, the school board on a 7-1 vote approved Barry Isett & Associates to move forward with various projects. Essentially, the board approved, in concept, years one and two with investigation and design at a cost of about $4,808,400.

At a workshop held last month, the committee was presented with an updated list of projects as part of a three-year construction plan that totals about $5,309,950.

In December, the board agreed to adopt a resolution to borrow $5 million and restructure its 2006 bond issue.