HONESDALE – Wayne Highlands school directors have awarded two bids totaling about $1.2 million for separate upcoming projects.

Directors at Tuesday night's meeting voted to award a $978,000 bid to Bloomsburg-based C&D Waterproofing Corp. for a roof project at Lakeside Elementary School; and a $302,584 bid to Waymart-based Wayco Inc. for a tennis court reconstruction project at the Daniel J. O'Neill School and Community Sports Complex.

Both firms submitted the lowest responsible bids.

The roof project is expected to start at the end of the school year and be completed by next school year. The work will consist of re-coating the roof and replacing metal portions of it, said Superintendent Greg Frigoletto.

The tennis court project is expected to start at the end of May and be completed by mid-August.

The district worked in conjunction with Wayne County to obtain a $169,019 grant to help cover the cost of that project, Frigoletto said. The grant came through the state Department of Community and Economic Development's Greenways Trails and Recreation Program.

“We were very fortunate to get the grant,” said the superintendent.

In an unrelated matter, the board and administration started the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of late board member Robert Diehl Jr., who recently passed away. A plaque in his honor will be placed in the boardroom.

“We lost a valuable board member and community member,” Frigoletto said.

To fill the vacancy the board will hold interviews at a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and expect to fill the slot that night. Resumes are no longer being accepted.

“We're not going to be able to replace Mr. Diehl but we can fill his seat,” President Lothar Holbert said.

The board also:

• Awarded a low bid to Papco Inc. of $1.8285 per gallon of fuel oil for Damascus Area School for the 2017-18 school year; and a low bid to Firmstone Lakewood Oil of $1.625 plus $.0377 delivery per gallon (fluctuating price) for fuel oil for the Preston Area School for the 2017-18 school year.

• Voted to purchase new eBook textbooks for American history and geography at Honesdale High School for $9,529.

• Accepted with regret the retirement/resignation of Lakeside Elementary School custodian Raymond Highhouse; and the retirement/resignation of computer technician William Troop, both effective June 30. They worked for the district for a combined 53 years.

• Approved substitutes Kerry Wilcox (guest teacher) and Misty Brooking (nurse assistant).