Grove School Construction Bill Advances

HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee Wednesday unanimously reported legislation authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) to allow school districts to receive reimbursement from the state for the cost of contracting with a construction management professional. 

“The construction or expansion of a school building is complex and costly for the school district and taxpayers,” said Grove.  “School districts employ individuals to oversee the education of our children, and these employees are not equipped, nor do they have the time, to manage the intricacies of a large-scale construction project.  Having an individual or firm to ensure these projects stay under budget and on time, as well as to ensure unneeded expenses are not accumulated,  is crucial to protecting the taxpayers’ interests and keeping costs down, while providing adequate buildings for educating our most precious resources – our children.”

School construction projects are already eligible for a percentage reimbursement from the state.  Grove’s House Bill 244 would add the cost of hiring a school construction manager to the list of eligible reimbursements.


Grove noted that the extra expense of a construction manager can result in a net savings for the construction project. 

“Keep in mind that these types of projects are large enough to cause prevailing wage requirements to kick in,” said Grove.  “There are a lot of public dollars on the line and school districts must ensure that these projects are being run in an efficient manner.  The employment of a construction manager will keep the project going as planned and help to avoid additional construction costs.”


House Bill 244 will now go before the full House for consideration.


More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley

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