College Township resident Penni Fishbaine elected president of State College school board

mdawson@centredaily.comDecember 4, 2012 

— Penni Fishbaine is the new president of the State College Area school board.

Fishbaine, of Houserville in College Township, was elected Monday at the board’s annual reorganizational meeting for election of new officers.

Fishbaine replaces Ann McGlaughlin, board president since January 2010, who said last month she would not seek the presidency again.

Amber Concepcion was elected vice president. She replaced former vice president Jim Leous.

In other business, district officials said they will have a work session on Dec. 17 that will pertain to the State College Area High School renovation project. They are expected to have a preliminary discussion about site options, hear from the educational planner being analyzed by a consultant, and discuss getting people in the community involved in the process.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Nittany Avenue administration building.

The school district is in the beginning stages of the State High renovation project. District officials have said the North and South buildings are outdated and do not provide the educational needs of today’s students.

There are no cost estimates yet, but several board members said Monday they think the budget part of the process needs to come earlier than what the schedule provides. According to the calendar the board approved as the guide, the district will get estimates this month and next month.

The board could get a final dollar amount by May.

The architects hired for the project, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, will be at the Dec. 17 work session for a discussion about preliminary site options. The architects are expected to talk about criteria that could factor into moving forward with site options.

The board has not chosen a site nor have any specific site options come up during board meetings.

The educational planner, Amy Yurko, of BrainSpaces Inc., will be in town Dec. 17 to meet with high school students. Yurko’s role is to evaluate how the space at the high school is built and how best to configure the space in a new school according to the educational needs.

The district plans to use a series of community workshops to get the public’s input on what folks want to see. Board members have said community importance is a priority for them.

The first community workshop will be Jan. 23 at the South Building auditorium. Details of the workshop are not yet available.

For more on the high school renovation project, go to www.scasd.org/Page/1268.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT.

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