State College school board expected to narrow down high school concepts Monday

mmorgan@centredaily.comJuly 21, 2013 

  • IF YOU GO

    What: State College Area school board meeting

    When: 7 p.m. Monday

    Where: Boardroom, 131 W. Nittany Ave.

— At the end of the State College Area school board meeting Monday, there will likely only be two concepts remaining for the ongoing high school project.

After receiving results of a community survey at a work session last week, the board is expected to eliminate all concepts that didn’t receive at least simple majority support.

“We have been seeking community input throughout the process, especially with our recent survey, and the board recognizes it’s our responsibility to use the community feedback to assist us as we narrow the choices to one concept and budget the community will support in a voting referendum,” board president Penni Fishbaine said in a news release.

The two concepts that remain are known as Concept B and Concept D.

•  Concept B: Additions and renovations to both of the current Westerly Parkway buildings with a new walkway to connect the two. The estimated cost range is between $109.9 million and $115.5 million. It received the highest level of community support at 70 percent and also led the way in “strong support” at 27 percent.

•  Concept D: Locating all core academic classes in the school’s South Building using either renovations and/or new construction. The price range is between $109.1 million and $121.3 million, and this concept received 61 percent support in the survey.

Concept E received 51 percent support, but with the margin of error, it could fall below the threshold. There will be a second motion to consider eliminating E at the meeting.

The board will put the remaining viable concepts through a weighted evaluation matrix to come up with the final choice. Members would like to have a final concept selected by the Sept. 9 meeting.

The debt service referendum is still planned for the May 2014 election.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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