State College

State High plans 30 percent complete

The State High project designers reached their first milestone Monday.

They presented the project’s design plans, which are 30 percent complete, in 77 PowerPoint slides to the State College Area School District board.

The presentation covered site plans, how designs would conform to educational programming, engineering, design scheduling, construction phases, cost and LEED certification updates.

Ed Poprik, the school district’s director of physical plant, said the presentation offered a nice outline for the board and public to understand the project’s designs.

The 30 percent complete designs were first reviewed Oct. 9 by the Citizens Advisory Committee for Facilities.

The designs will be reviewed by several other groups, such as the high school staff and high school student government association, over the next three weeks. There will also be a public State High Information Fair Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the South Building’s auditorium and cafeteria.

The school board will hold a work session Nov. 3 to discuss the designs and will vote to approve them Nov. 10.

Poprik said the board will likely approve the 30 percent complete designs Nov. 10 to avoid added costs of redoing 30 percent complete designs. He also said project designers would incorporate suggestions from the board, staff, students and community into the 60 percent design plans.

In business, the board voted 8-0 to pass a resolution to allow the district to be reimbursed from future bond proceeds for State High project expenses.

The principal amount of bonds the school district expects to issue for the purpose of reimbursement is $8 million.

The board also voted 8-0 to approve a fact-finder’s recommendations in negotiations between the board and the State College Area Educational Support Personnel Association.

The board unanimously approved the recommendations Oct. 6, but SCESPA, which represents the school districts secretaries and paraprofessionals, rejected it.

SCESPA has until Oct. 16 to approve or reject the recommendations.

The board also voted 8-0 to approve a temporary construction easement to allow the borough of State College to repair sinkholes at Radio Park Elementary School.