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Chambersburg School District ponders another school

December 15, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A process that could lead to the construction of another new elementary school in the Chambersburg Area School District took a step forward this week with a public hearing on the purchase of 10 acres of land in Greene Township.

The Plancon C hearing held Wednesday is required if the district is to receive reimbursement for the acquisition and site development costs for the property, which is adjacent to the north side of the 10-acre Grandview Elementary School site on the 5500 block of Cumberland Highway.

The district has an option to buy the parcel from Alvin and Diana Meyers that expires in February.

Grandview Elementary, built in 1950 and expanded in 1963, has 275 students. It would be replaced by a 600-student school on 20 acres, said Architect Paul Taylor. The school could be built by 2009, he said.

The purchase price of the 10 acres is $400,000, Taylor said. Related costs, including sewer line extension, grading, road access construction and demolition, would bring the total acquisition costs to approximately $1.1 million, Taylor said.

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Taylor said the district could expect state reimbursement of about $334,000 on its site costs. Wednesday's hearing was required in order for the district to receive reimbursement if it proceeds with purchase of the land.

No members of the public at the hearing commented on the proposal.

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