Board to discuss using portable classrooms at elementary school

February 12, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board this week will consider installing modular classrooms at Hooverville Elementary School, boosting the capacity at a school with half the population of the district's other three elementary buildings.

Several modular classrooms with air conditioning and bathrooms were offered to Waynesboro by another school district, board president Larry Glenn said. Waynesboro only would be responsible for moving costs, he said.

The school board in the past five years has evaluated growth patterns while allocating funds for expansion and renovations, Glenn said.

"We knew we'd have a problem at the elementary schools," Glenn said.

The school board in August 2004 voted to incur as much as $40 million in debt to renovate the middle and high schools and Summitview Elementary School. The high school project grew to $46 million, leaving the other schools with only repairs to aging mechanical systems.


Hooverville became the possible destination for modular classrooms because it has core facilities large enough to accommodate additional students, Glenn said. It also is close to new housing developments, he said.

"Most of the growth in the district is in Washington Township," Glenn said. "Those students are served by Hooverville."

Glenn said it is "a little premature" to say whether modular classrooms at Hooverville could mean students at other schools would be transferred there, saying the units could even serve select segments of the schools' population.

Modular classrooms have been used at both the middle and high schools.

Hooverville, with about 300 children, has 18 classrooms, a computer lab, a multipurpose room and a media center, according to its Web site. The Pa. 16 property was once Washington Township High School, which opened in 1934 and was razed in 1988.

Using actual and projected live births, the Pennsylvania Department of Education forecast in July 2006 that the school district's enrollment would be 4,049 in 2015-16, after spiking to 4,160 in 2007-08. The enrollment was reported as 4,154 in 2005-06.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building on Clayton Avenue.

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