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SCASD decides on name for new Houserville elementary school

Houserville Elementary School will be demolished upon completion of the new Spring Creek Elementary School on the same property.
Houserville Elementary School will be demolished upon completion of the new Spring Creek Elementary School on the same property. psheehan@centredaily.com

The State College Area School Board has decided on the name of the new elementary school scheduled to be constructed in Houserville.

Spring Creek Elementary School will be home to students from Houserville and Lemont elementary schools.

The decision came after a monthslong discussion process between Principal Todd Dishong, parents, faculty and students of both schools.

Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik presented the board with the decision Monday and said the selection process yielded “overwhelming support” for the name of the school, which will be less than a half mile from Spring Creek and Spring Creek Park.

In September, the board approved the final design plans for the school submitted by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, an architectural firm from Mechanicsburg. The school is estimated to cost about $21 million. The district will begin accepting bids for the project on Oct.31, and construction contracts are expected to be awarded in November.

The school is eligible for a state construction grant of just less than $2 million and the district expects a reimbursement of up to $1.5 million from the state under its PlanCon school construction reimbursement program.

When completed, the school will be about 70,000 square feet and will offer three classrooms per grade.

The building will be constructed on the Houserville Elementary School property, and upon completion, the old building will be demolished.

The district has not decided on the future of Lemont Elementary School, but expects to the board to choose one of three options: public auction, sealed bid or private sale following completion of Spring Creek Elementary School.

Construction on the school is expected to begin in January and be completed in summer 2019.

Leon Valsechi: 814-231-4631, @leon_valsechi

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