On Centre: Penns Valley | District to show off high school upgrades at open house

October 28, 2013 

Penns Valley residents will have their first chance this week to check out the project underway at the high school.

School district officials are inviting the community to Penns Valley Area High School on Wednesday for a public open house on the locker room renovations going on there.

The school board moved ahead this summer with the locker room renovation project, addressing part of the school that hadn’t been upgraded since the facility was built in the 1960s and that was due for repair.

The project also includes the construction of a new cardio room, multipurpose room, trainer’s room and sports officials’ room.

The board approved a minor addition to the building to accommodate the new rooms.

While the new space will be smaller than a full gymnasium, it gives the district much needed room and flexibility for wrestling practice, indoor baseball drills and other activities, officials have said.

The district spent about $2.8 million on the project, including a $1.7 general construction contract with Haas Buildings Solutions in State College.

Officials have said, however, that the board didn’t have to raise taxes or borrow money for the project, instead dipping into reserve funds to complete the work.

The open house will show off phases one and two of the project, officials wrote on the district’s website.

The open house is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the high school on Penns Valley Road in Spring Mills.

Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush Valley regions. He can be reached at 231-4631 or mcar roll@centre daily.com.

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