CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School Board has set the maximum construction and project costs for the new U.L. Gordy Elementary School, but Business Manager Rick Vensel said the schedule for opening the school might be delayed by Pennsylvania's Act 1 school property tax law.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday to set the construction cost at no more than $16,005,959 and the total project cost at a maximum of $21,122,827. The difference between construction and project costs includes "soft costs," such as furnishings and equipment for the building, as well as site work, architectural fees and other expenses not directly related to construction, Vensel said.
The school is to be built on the same site as the existing U.L. Gordy on Miller Street.
For the school to open at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year, the project has to receive the necessary approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Education within a few months, he said.