Community comments collected during a public meeting last month on the future of the Ram Community Centre have been posted on the Penns Valley Area School Districts website.
District officials encouraged comments during the meeting, billed as a discussion of concerns and merits of having the center on or near school property. Residents could also later submit comments in written form.
In all, the district posted about 170 comments it received from community members and their families.
Penns Valley school board previously said it would wait at least 30 days after the meeting to review the publics input.
In July 2011, the board approved a 30-year lease with Ram Centre Inc., a nonprofit seeking to build a community center on school property.
The center was to house a YMCA and space for the Centre County Office of Aging, among other tenants.
Almost as soon as it was signed, that lease drew criticism from some who didnt want the center on school property, and others who felt school board members and administrators had conflicts of interest regarding the project.
Ultimately, the board voted to rescind the lease, and hold the public meeting to further discuss the project with district residents.
Supporters and opponents both packed into the public meeting, giving their perspective on the issues dividing the community.
District administrators recommended that the board again approve a deal to bring the center to district grounds.
Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush valley regions. Contact him at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter