Waynesboro board seeks more info on modular classrooms

March 14, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - More information will be coming to the Waynesboro Area School Board before it is asked to decide whether to place modular classrooms at Hooverville Elementary School, Superintendent Barry Dallara said Tuesday.

EI Associates, the architectural firm that designed the high school construction project, has been asked to meet with local code inspectors to determine the logistics of moving six modular classrooms offered by another school district.

Dallara said the architects will address the board with comments on whether it would be more feasible to build permanent classrooms when the need arises.

Discussions will not only include enrollment projections, but information about legislation and restructuring of existing programs, according to Dallara.

"There's more considerations than just wanting to bring modulars onto the campus to relieve some (school population) pressures," School Board President Larry Glenn said.


Matthew Richardson, the father of a Hooverville kindergartner, expressed parents' concerns about teacher recruitment, student safety, the stigma of trailers and the proper learning environment for children.

Citing remarks by his wife, whom he said is a teacher, Richardson said that "trailers, modular buildings, do not lend themselves to good classrooms."

He also pushed for better communication with parents.

"As I've asked for their opinions, a lot expressed shock," Richardson said.

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