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Board gets first look at sketch of revamped school

November 10, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Waynesboro School Board members got a look at how a renovated Waynesboro Area Senior High School might look if they approve much of an architect's sketch presented Tuesday night.

Among the biggest changes to the more than 40-year-old high school, according to the preliminary sketch, would be a ninth-grade "academy" built into one corner of the building, a plan board members said would help students make the transition from middle school to high school.

No discussion was offered on how much the renovations will cost, but in August the board passed a resolution that would put the district in a position to borrow as much as $40 million to repair school buildings. Most of the money would be spent on the high school.

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The board had to pass the borrowing resolution by a Sept. 3 deadline, imposed by Act 72 of 2004, in order to avoid putting the issue before voters in a referendum.

Any money borrowed would be repaid over four years between 2005 and 2008, officials have said.

According to the architect's preliminary sketch, additional space to the high school cafeteria would be gained by building an addition into part of the school's courtyard.

The plan also calls for a redesigned entrance. It would be large enough to move most of the administrative offices to improve security in the building.

Classrooms would occupy the current administration offices.

The ninth-grade academy would take up about 24,000 square feet, the cafeteria addition about 6,800 square feet, educational-area additions and upgrades would take up about 113,050 square feet, an auxiliary gym and weight room addition would be 7,750 square feet, and upgrades to security, administration, guidance and health facilities would take up 4,000 square feet.

The building would meet handicapped-accessibility laws, according to the preliminary plan.

The architect recommends replacing the building's electrical wiring and plumbing, upgrading other electrical service, replacing parts of the roof and replacing the existing heating system with a heat pump HVAC system.

The architect listed more than four pages of renovations to the grounds, exterior, interior and mechanics as well as bringing the building up to codes.

The recommendations ranged from required to recommended to optional.

The board will review the report and come up with its own list to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for approval.

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