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State College school board accepts project approvals

The State College Area school board on Monday accepted the state’s approvals of plans for possible construction projects for Corl Street, Houserville and Radio Park elementary schools.
The State College Area school board on Monday accepted the state’s approvals of plans for possible construction projects for Corl Street, Houserville and Radio Park elementary schools. Centre Daily Times, file

On Monday evening, the State College Area school board voted to approve the receipt of PlanCon parts A and B for the Corl Street, Houserville and Radio Park elementary school projects.

The state Department of Education approved the district’s PlanCon Part A “project justification” and Part B “schematic design” submissions for possible construction projects at the three schools.

Monday marked the next step in the process with the board’s vote to accept those approvals.

In order to remain eligible for reimbursement — potentially between $2.2 million and $2.4 million for two projects — the district had to submit its PlanCon justifications for elementary school projects by May 15.

The application does not lock the board into a specific course of action and the district can decide not to proceed with any of the proposed projects.

In May, the district held the first in a series of community engagement meetings to discuss possible updates, renovations or consolidations of its elementary school facilities.

One of the options being evaluated was originally proposed in 1999 — the consolidation of the Lemont and Houserville elementary schools.

During the board meeting on Monday evening, business administrator Randy Brown reviewed some of the topics that had been broached by the public at forums past, including phasing concerns, charter school impact and staffing implications.

A demographic study of the district’s enrollment area is underway, with the final analysis targeted for late August or early September, and the adoption of a final plan targeted for some time in October.

The next public forum will be held at 7 p.m. July 18 at Ferguson Township Elementary School.

Elsewhere in the evening, the board approved a proposed director of gifted and learning enrichment services job description. The administration is recommending the creation of a separate administrative position for gifted and learning enrichment services.

Later, Tim Jones, of Massaro Construction Management Services, provided an update on the construction of the State High project, which he said is proceeding on schedule.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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