On May 20, voters in the State College Area School District will make a decision that will shape the future of education in our community.
Each of us may have deeply held personal beliefs about what would be the best plan for our high school. However, we must find common ground in order to move forward with a solution that will benefit our whole community — especially our children.
We can no longer continue to operate our high school buildings without a major investment to repair failing systems. Renovating the existing buildings would be expensive and would tie us to a configuration that does not meet our educational or security needs.
The community has asked for a better plan.
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A cost-effective approach has been a major priority in the development of the building concept. We chose an architectural firm, Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, that has a proven track record of building high-quality and competitively priced school buildings.
The construction cost per square foot will be about $165, significantly lower than the median Pennsylvania high school construction cost of $211 per square foot.
This project will provide a building for all students on one side of Westerly Parkway and will meet our educational and security needs for many decades.
Strong public schools anchor communities, foster economic growth and prepare our children to succeed in a global economy. Our strong local school system has been built over many generations; we must take seriously our responsibility to sustain it for the next generation.
Amber Cistaro Concepcion
The writer is vice president of the State College school board.