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Stadium, Gordy head list of Chambersburg projects

July 20, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The visitors' grandstand at Chambersburg Area Senior High School's Trojan Stadium has been stripped of its old wooden seats and was being powerwashed by crews Tuesday as part of a project to get the stadium ready to host a football game by Homecoming in October.

The Chambersburg School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to renovate the stadium or build a new one at the undetermined site of a new high school. It is one of several projects in planning, under way or yet to be decided upon by the board, according to Business Manager Rick Vensel.

Vensel on Tuesday listed the status of the following district building projects:

- Replacing U.L. Gordy Elementary School with a $13.8 million school with three classrooms in each grade. Vensel said the project was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for PlanCon A, or planning construction stage, meaning "we've applied to make this a reimbursable project."

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The state would reimburse the district for 14.5 percent of the cost, but Vensel said the project is contingent on the board approving a land transfer with the borough for property next to the existing school. If that is approved, Vensel said the project could be completed by late 2007.

- A new $11.6 million Fayetteville Elementary is in the PlanCon process. With four classes in each grade, the school is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2007, Vensel said.

- Also in the PlanCon process is the addition of a wing to Hamilton Heights Elementary, expanding it to four classrooms in each grade. Vensel said the project is budgeted at $2.3 million and could be completed by the fall of 2007.

- The board has discussed expanding Scotland Elementary School from three to four classrooms per grade, but has made no final decision, Vensel said.

- The district has a conceptual plan for a new high school, but the district has yet to buy land on which to build it, Vensel said.

- J. Frank Faust Junior High School is undergoing a $3.8 million performance contract to improve its energy efficiency. The project is supposed to be completed by the time school opens next month, said Buildings and Grounds Director Richard Bender.

- The roof and flooring on the west side of Chambersburg Area Middle School are being replaced this summer, Bender said. Work on the east side roof and floors is scheduled for next year, he said.

"There's still a lot of decisions that have to be made," Vensel said. The future uses of the existing high school, Chambersburg Area Middle School and Faust Junior High School have yet to be decided and the elementary building program will likely result in the closures of the Duffield, Guilford Hills, King, Sharpe and Gordy schools at some point in the future.

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