State College

State College school board to vote on Delta Program expansion Monday

Two weeks after the concept was introduced, the State College Area school board is expected to vote on a proposal Monday to expand the Delta program to fifth- and sixth- grade students.

The expansion would be designed to create a middle school-like experience at the high school for fifth- through eighth-graders to ease them into high school.

It is currently offered to students in seventh through 12th grades, providing them a separate, smaller school feel and allowing them to also pursue Penn State classes, independent learning courses, community service and career internships. The program began in 1974, and is currently capped at 200 students.

Director Jon Downs said it fills a void in the area for a smaller school experience at younger ages.

“It’s pretty obvious that residents of this district are seeking a smaller offering for middle level students,” he said.

The program is currently housed at the Fairmount Building, but it could move to the north side of Westerly Parkway as part of the proposed State College Area High School project. But several Delta graduates attended the board’s meeting on Jan. 13 to say they think it would be better served staying closer to downtown State College.

The board also will get an updated cost estimate of the high school project at the meeting Monday.

Over the past several weeks, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates representatives have been working to come up with an updated figure to give the board and administration a better idea of what it will cost.

The project has been capped at $115 million and the May referendum has been capped at $85 million.