Changes made in school redesign

February 22, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board has received an update on its high school renovation project from the contracted architect, who still expects construction to begin this year despite recent plan revisions.

EI Associates of Harrisburg, Pa., had previously wanted to use this summer for construction but has now pushed the start date to September.

The possibility exists that construction could begin sooner "if things go along real well," Mark Barnhardt, vice president of EI Associates, told the board Tuesday.


Completion is anticipated in July 2008, he said.

Revised plans for the project "include many of the comments that came from the community," said Larry Glenn, school board president.

The latest batch of sketches still include a new three-court gym and two-level auditorium added onto the east side of the school.

The architect had proposed designating part of the main addition for classrooms associated with the ninth-grade academy. Now, the academy is shown within the existing structure.

Glenn said that since the footprint of the renovated school will be smaller than first proposed, he hopes the $40 million cost of the project also will decrease.

The architect has not presented the board with revised estimates.

The newest plans, which will be the basis for contract bids, specifically designate space for future classrooms. One of the public's primary concerns, expressed during a hearing last December, was that the renovation would not actually increase the number of available classrooms.

Instead, the plans at the time replaced or enlarged existing classrooms deemed inadequate in size by the state department of education.

EI Associates' revisions now show "alternate classrooms."

"We'd put the steel in those two-story spaces and prepare the rooms for additional capacity," said Barnhardt, who noted that future expansion would bring the facility to 1,600-student capacity. The current enrollment at the high school is about 1,400.

Glenn said the latest plans replace the existing auditorium with a cafeteria, move the library to the current food service area and convert the present-day media center into classrooms.

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