Palmerton Area School District will field offers for a project to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The district will accept bids for the project until 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at which time the bids will be opened.

At that time, proposals will be accepted for a multi-prime contract for soil stabilization and renovations to the gymnasium, including demolition, concrete milling and overlay, new athletic flooring, telescoping bleachers, and finishes.

As per the project, Superintendent Carol Boyce said the soil under the floor will be stabilized, the floor leveled and recovered with a new athletic surface, the bleachers replaced, and the gym painted.

"The soil under the floor has settled so that the floor surface is uneven," Boyce said. "The wooden bleachers have been repaired many times, and are now at the end of their useful and safe life."

Boyce said the project will be paid for from out of the district's $5 million bond that the prior school board agreed to borrow last fall.

The work is expected to be completed in time for the start of the next school year, Boyce said.

A prebid meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the project site. All prospective bidders are encouraged to attend.