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Groundbreaking set for school renovation project

January 08, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A private groundbreaking ceremony this week at Waynesboro Area Senior High School officially will launch construction efforts for its $46 million renovation and expansion project, following several months of asbestos abatement.

Passers-by soon will see construction vehicles on the school campus and work on a new wing between the flagpole and middle school, according to school board president Larry Glenn.

The new wing will house a suite of music classrooms, staff offices, an auditorium and a gymnasium, Glenn said.

Construction eventually will make the school's main entrance on the east side of the school obsolete.

"The whole front entrance will change, and everyone will use that," Glenn said.

The project schedule indicates that work will stretch at least through late 2008. Glenn thinks fair weather might expedite construction.

Glenn said he has heard few comments from the public about the project. The ones he has heard have been primarily positive, although some people have criticized the cost.

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When the school board voted in 2004 to incur debt for renovations, the $40 million was designated for at least three schools.

The project's general contractor, Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa., renovated 70,000 square feet at Scotland (Pa.) School for Veterans' Children last year. EI Associates of Harrisburg, Pa., served as the Waynesboro project's architect.

The school's capacity is estimated to increase to 1,600 students. The high school enrolls about 1,400.

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