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Official says architect revising high school renovation design

February 15, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Taxpayers' concerns are "absolutely" being taken into consideration as an architect revises $40 million in renovation plans for Waynesboro Area Senior High School, the president of the district's school board said Tuesday.

Those revisions could potentially reduce the cost of the project, said Larry Glenn, who quickly pointed out that he hasn't received a recent update from the architect.

Superintendent Barry Dallara told the board that the architect, EI Associates of Harrisburg, Pa., has joined with district administration in "reviewing design and development."

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"They're looking at a number of issues," Glenn said.

EI Associates has been asked to address the school board with revisions to the plans and timeline.

The presentation "may be next week, (but) it may be March," Dallara said.

Glenn said the architect has been examining ways to consolidate space. Dallara said EI Associates is taking time to study asbestos abatement and geothermal technology options.

A transcript of a public hearing held in December will be submitted to the state with a project accounting document.

"The comments that were presented (at the hearing) were very constructive," said Glenn.

The next step in the process is the final design development stage before working drawings are created. Architects were expected to consider a classroom list, developed in talks with high school administrators, as part of that step.

In 2004, the board voted to incur up to $40 million in debt to fund renovation projects at the high school, middle school and Summitview Elementary School.

That amount will be needed entirely at the high school if the board sticks to its approved plans, a representative of EI Associates said in December.

It would require a tax increase of about 11 mills by the 2009-10 school year. The school board has added 2 of those 11 mills into the current budget, according to documents presented at the public hearing.

The focus of the building project is moving core facilities such as the auditorium and gym from their current, landlocked locations to an addition on the east side of the school. Plans call for new third and fourth levels on some parts of the two-story building.

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