Ground broken for school addition

July 13, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

MERCERSBURG, PA. - Tuscarora School District board members and officials broke ground Monday for an addition to the 50-year-old James Buchanan Middle School.

Schools Superintendent Thomas Stapleford said the addition and renovation will be "of a magnitude that the district has not seen in 30 years."

The school was built in 1954 and was added on to in 1972, said Stapleford, who is beginning his second year as superintendent.


It was last renovated in the early 1960s.

"We have state-of-the-art programs and faculty and now we will have a facility to match," he said.

John Koury, vice president of the Harrisburg, Pa.-based Quandel Group, the company doing the work, presented a commemorative shovel to Tuscarora School Board President Jeff Spidel of St. Thomas, Pa., after the groundbreaking. Koury said the $11.5 million project will take 18 months.

"We spent the last six years getting the curriculum and books in order, now it's time to work on the facility," Stapleford said.

The work includes construction of eight new classrooms and four new science labs - two on the first floor and two on the second - as well as the installation of new heating and air conditioning, new windows and major electrical and lighting upgrades, officials have said.

The school has about 700 students.

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