High School project on schedule

August 16, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Construction crews will continue to work on Waynesboro Area Senior High School's new addition when students return to school Aug. 27.

All asbestos has been removed from the old auditorium, which eventually will become a cafeteria, said Caroline Dean, the district's business manager.

"Structurally, you can see the building taking shape," she said.

The floor of the new auditorium has been poured as work continues in the 106,000-square-foot addition. That brick-covered addition also will house the three-court gymnasium and have a separate entrance for special events.

Dean described the project as "fairly on schedule" and within the $46 million budget.

"The (athletic) fields across the street have had the fill and topsoil put on them," Dean said. "District personnel will be putting irrigation systems in."


The school board will be reviewing bids for seeding at its meeting next Tuesday, she said.

The fields are being enlarged through this process, and one has been created between the middle school and high school.

The old auditorium's seats have been torn out, and the new, 1,600-seat one won't be ready until late March or early April of 2008.

The high school will not be holding events that require use of the auditorium until then, Superintendent Barry Dallara said. If one becomes necessary, students will be sent to the middle school, he said.

The school's existing media center will become classrooms and the cafeteria will be a library when the project is completed in April 2009. The existing gym will be two floors of classrooms.

The endeavor will increase the size of the circa 1960 building by 60 percent, bringing it to 283,000 square feet and four levels.

Ground was broken for the addition on Jan. 9. The school board voted to borrow money for the project in August 2004.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has agreed to reimburse the district for about $12 million of the project.

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