School will have new look, principal

August 08, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Chambersburg Area Senior High School will have a new look and a new principal when students return to classes Sept. 2.

The school board in May approved a $12.7 million bond issue, most of which is being used to pay for a new heating and air conditioning system for the 48-year-old school, according to Business Manager Rick Vensel.

The building also is being rewired to accommodate major improvements in computer technology that will make each room Internet accessible.

Most of the work is to be done this summer, but the school will continue to be a construction site during the 2003-04 school year, according to Richard Bender, the district's director of facilities.


The high school also is getting a new electronic security system.

The renovations are scheduled for completion next summer.

Barry Purvis, 48, the principal at Chambersburg Area Middle School since 1996, was named the high school's new principal in June. Purvis began his career with the district as an elementary school physical education teacher in 1979.

Timothy S. Bowers replaces Purvis as the principal at the middle school. Bowers, 34, was the middle school's assistant principal.

Another project this summer is renovation of a parking lot at the middle school. The $250,000 project involves changing the traffic flow pattern and adding a new entrance along Stouffer Avenue.

The track at Faust Junior High School is being refurbished at a cost of $53,000, Vensel said.

Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School is getting a new roof this summer for $408,000, according to Vensel. And the district is spending about $800,000 to upgrade the computer technology and wiring at seven of its 18 elementary schools to bring them up to the same level as the newer schools.

A new Scotland Elementary School is being built at a cost of $9.3 million, but is not scheduled to open until late fall of 2004, Vensel said.

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