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Chambersburg Area School District eyes land for new school

March 05, 2006|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

The Chambersburg School Board on Wednesday will consider approving an option to buy 10 acres of land in Greene Township, not to enlarge the property the district recently acquired for a new high school, but to replace one of its older elementary buildings.

"That's to expand the Grandview site for a new school," Superintendent Edwin Sponseller said Friday. "It reserves the right for us to buy it for six months."

With the increased development in that part of the district, Sponseller said a new school to replace Grandview Elementary School is inevitable.

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Built in the 1950s, Grandview Elementary School on Cumberland Highway has two classrooms for each grade, but elementary school projects now in the planning stage will have four classrooms for each grade.

According to the agenda for Wednesday's meeting, the district would pay $5,000 for the option on the land, which belongs to Alvin E. and Diana L. Meyers.

This past Wednesday night, the school board held a required public hearing on the purchase of 78 acres in Greene Township at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 997 for a future secondary school. Several district residents at the hearing said the district should try and acquire more land contiguous to that site to accommodate a new high school.

Building a replacement for Grandview would take place sometime after other elementary projects that already are in the works, Sponseller said.

The board already has approved adding another wing to Hamilton Heights Elementary School to expand it to four classes in each grade by the 2006-07 school year and a new four-deep Fayetteville Elementary School is also to open by late 2007 or early 2008. That will be followed by a four-deep elementary school to replace U.L. Gordy Elementary School in Chambersburg by the 2008-09 school year.

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