Penns Valley Area School District is seeking public comment at a meeting set for next week on the future of the Ram Community Centre.
District officials will hold a forum at 6:30 p.m. July 26, in the Penns Valley Area High School auditorium to discuss concerns and merits of having the center on or near school property.
In June, the school board voted to rescind a land use agreement it originally approved last year.
At the time the lease was signed, the Ram Centre Inc., a nonprofit organization, sought to build a community center on school property.
The center was to house a YMCA, space for the Centre County Office of Aging, and other tenants.
The plan quickly drew criticism from some members of the community, ultimately leading the board to reconsider its original decision and to seek more input from residents
Superintendent Brian Griffith has said the board will have to decide between pursuing a new lease, selling some land, or doing nothing and forgetting the deal altogether.
Several groups are expected to give presentations during the forum, including district administrators, the RCC and its partners, Penns Valley Community Action Group, and Penns Valley Area Health and Welfare Association, according to the district. After those presentations, residents can provide either verbal or written comment. The district is asking those comments not exceed three minutes. All written comments must be submitted by noon July 30.
Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush valley regions. Contact him at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter@Carrollreporter.