Moving Forward

Last night the School Board accepted a recommendation by the Facilities Citizens Advisory Committee to move forward with three of the elementary school projects which the District-Wide Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee proposed.   I’m pleased with the swift action of the board.  If all goes well, these projects will begin in summer 2010.  Most, if not all, of the costs of these three projects can be handled using the existing capital building reserve fund (~$24 million).

The three projects are:

  • The construction of a new school to replace Boalsburg and Panorama Village Elementary Schools and create a single K-5 school on the current Panorama Village/Mt. Nittany site.
  • The construction (or heavy renovation) of a new Ferguson Township School on the current site.
  • An addition to the Gray’s Woods Elementary School which would add four more classrooms.

The big concern is that the Ferguson Township School construction will have to be very sensitive to students around the site.  I’m confident that our architects will take this into account.  The Facilities CAC suggested that this project might need to be put off for a year so that students can be temporarily housed in the old Boalsburg or Panorama Village sites.

Things are starting to move…