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Part of high school's 'D Wing' torn down

Construction crews begin final phase of project

Construction crews begin final phase of project

June 18, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A large portion of Waynesboro Area Senior High School's "D Wing" was torn down this week as construction crews embark on the final portions of a $46 million renovation and expansion project.

The plan is to finish all interior work by the start of school in late August, maintenance supervisor Jeff Adams said.

"There still may be some site work" into the fall, he said.

Windows soon will be removed from classrooms along East Second Street to allow for asbestos removal. Those classrooms will be renovated, and double-paned, energy-efficient windows will be installed, Adams said.

The demolition of D Wing's pedestrian bridge allows trucks to approach and turn around at the loading dock.

"What they have knocked down is all that's coming down," Adams said.

The auditorium balcony has not yet been opened for use because of a door issue, he said.

Business Administrator Caroline Dean said the school will have 125 additional parking spaces when it opens for the 2009-10 academic year. Parking has been a hot-button topic in recent weeks as the Waynesboro Borough Council collected residents' complaints about student parking on streets.

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The borough council also has been pushing for an unopened portion of Third Street to be paved and extended to the school.

"That has been discussed by the administration and the board of directors, but at the current time no exact date has been determined," Dean said.

The extension of Third Street would be funded separately from the high school renovation and expansion. Third Street paving is not included in drafts of the 2009-10 budget, she said.

A groundbreaking ceremony in January 2007 officially launched the construction project, which added 108,000 square feet to the 49-year-old school. The school features a new three-court gymnasium, a 1,600-seat auditorium and a geothermal well system for temperature control.

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