State College

SCASD advances on elementary school projects

On Monday evening, after months spent evaluating a multitude of options, the State College Area School District board of directors voted on project options for possible elementary updates.

The board voted to approve an addition/renovation project at Corl Street Elementary, directing the administration to advance the design development process to a three-classroom-per-grade configuration.

This third of the overall project is estimated to cost $15.15 million.

Next, the board gave the district the green light to advance the design development process for new construction at Houserville Elementary School with a three-classroom-per-grade configuration.

The district had originally recommended the board pursue an addition/renovation project at Houserville, at a projected cost of $15.53 million.

Instead, new construction at the site is estimated to come with a price tag of $16.65 million, factoring in Plan Con and a grant that SCASD received in July for projects at Houserville and Radio Park.

With the relatively minor pricing difference between addition/renovation and new construction, much of the resulting discussion revolved around which option made more sense in the long view.

When it came to Radio Park Elementary, the vote was a little more straightforward. The board opted to direct the administration to advance the design development process for the school as an addition/renovation project with a three-classroom-per-grade configuration.

An estimated cost for the Radio Park project came in at $16.02 million.

A bid alternate including a four-classroom-per-grade addition for Radio Park was also approved, which would change that total to $17.24 million.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready