A plan to utilize benches through an Italian vendor at Upper Perkiomen's new middle school caught board member Melanie Cunningham by surprise.
Representatives from the project's contractors broached the item during a recent construction meeting, according to Cunningham. During last week's school board meeting, Cunningham explained that the workers jokingly asked if the school planned on hosting weddings.
"I was in shock," she wrote in an email message.
During the Feb. 14 board meeting, Cunningham informed the members that she directed the contractors to remove the composite benches from the plan for the school, located at 901 Montgomery Ave in Upper Hanover. She said the move to utilize domestic benches would save the district $10,000.
Italy was the only place the general contractor, Boro Construction, could find benches that would meet specifications set by architect, Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects, of Allentown, according to an email from the member.
"I sure am hoping there aren't any other extravagances on the plans," wrote Cunninghan, chair of the board's facilities committee. "I'll be watching."
Cunningham could not identify the number of ...