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New Chambersburg school to open Dec. 3

October 23, 2008|By DON AINES

Students, faculty, staff and 299 computers will be moving into the new Benjamin Chambers Elementary School in early December, Superintendent Joseph Padasak told the Chambersburg School Board on Wednesday night.

Moving day for furnishings and equipment will be the Friday after Thanksgiving with the school opening Dec. 3, Padasak said. The school will take in students from the Mary B. Sharpe and King Street schools, which are closing, and U.L. Gordy, which was torn down to make way for Chambers on Miller Street.

The Gordy students have been attending Fayetteville Elementary School while Chambers has been under construction.

The board voted to spend $254,195 from its technology reserve fund for new computers at the school, along with eight classroom response systems and classroom technology.

Elementary classroom response systems are remote controls that allow students to answer questions using a handheld unit with keys marked A through H, Director of Technology Mark Long said. The system will record students' answers to questions posed by a teacher or on quizzes and tests, with the individual students' responses being logged, he said.

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Padasak said work on the $74 million renovation and expansion of Chambersburg Area Senior High School is ahead of schedule, but attendance at basketball games and other indoor winter sports will be down. That is because the construction has eliminated one of the four exits from the gymnasium.

Construction Projects Manager Kevin Weller said the lobby area of the gymnasium has been converted to a weight room and the loss of that exit during construction will limit attendance to 1,000. The gym normally can hold upwards of 1,800 spectators, he said.

Next year, the new gymnasium, which can hold up to 2,800 people, will be completed, Padasak said. The existing gym also will continue to be used for physical education and other purposes.

About 100 construction workers are on site every day at the high school, Padasak said. The three-year project will more than double the size of the school and include and additional academic wing.

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