School Board set to discuss construction

January 22, 2001

School Board set to discuss construction

By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area Board of Education hopes to streamline its options of construction and consolidation of Chambersburg area schools at a meeting next week.

"We anticipate after this discussion we will be able to boil some of the options down and better present our ideas to the public," said Superintendent Ed Sponseller.

The meeting between the board and the school's architects, Foreman Architects-Engineers, Inc., is scheduled for Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at 535 Stanley Ave.

The first project the board will look at is Scotland Elementary School.

The district has purchased additional land behind the school, at 3832 Main St. in Scotland, and plans to construct a new building.


"It would be bigger than the one there now that is two-deep," Sponseller said.

He said the new school would be three-deep, able to accommodate three classrooms of each grade level.

Most of the Chambersburg area schools are one- or two-deep.

If the project goes as planned, it would take the pressure off Grandview, Mary B. Sharpe and Guilford Hills elementary schools, Sponseller said.

There is no timetable for construction of the new school, but once built, the old school would be demolished.

The board will also discuss other facets of the feasibility study, which the district conducted so it could apply for state money to build a new Scotland Elementary School.

The study outlines options for all of the elementary schools, the middle school, the junior high school and the high school.

Possibilities include renovating the high school and expanding it to grades nine through 12, building a new middle school to accommodate grades six through eight and various other configurations, some calling for the construction of either a new high school or middle school.

Sponseller said that after next week's meeting, the board will be closer to hosting another public forum at which residents will have a chance to testify, similar to one held in September.

Members of the public can attend next week's meeting, but will not be able to ask questions or testify during the architect's presentation.

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