State College school board to discuss high school renovation site, benefits

The State College Area school board is set to take up more discussion Monday on the developing high school renovation project.

Among the board’s topics will be discussing the current site, how it meets the educational needs of the students and issues for students crossing Westerly Parkway.

The agenda for the work session shows the board may talk about other locations.

District officials have not decided on a site for the new school nor do they have any plans from the architects with designs of proposed sites.

The board is also slated to introduce the community engagement action team and discuss the timetable regarding the budget development process for the project.

The board does not have any estimates, and the project’s timeline shows the district possibly getting a final budget later in the spring. Some school board members have said they want the budget discussions to be sooner.

School board members and administrators have said the campus, whose North Building opened in 1957, is out of date and not in line with the needs of the students of the 21st century.

The school board hired an educational planner from Chicago who is tasked with assessing what kinds of educational spaces will best fit the district’s educational programs.

The planner, Amy Yurko, will be in town meeting with students Monday and Tuesday, for their input.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the West Nittany Avenue administration building, and the work session will follow the board’s voting meeting.