Debris from high school expansion an eyesore

July 24, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Leftover rocks and other debris that accumulated during the renovation and expansion of Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School can be seen from Waynesboro Area Middle School.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Area School District officials are seeking ways to rid themselves of a pile of rocks and concrete in the ravine between the district’s middle and high schools.

The debris accumulated during the renovation and expansion of Waynesboro Area Senior High School from 2007 to 2010. School board member Leland Lemley said removal of the debris wasn’t in bid specifications.

“It’s scattered from sidewalk to sidewalk basically,” Board President Ed Wilson said at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

The pile is an eyesore and could be dangerous, he said.

Wilson recommended removing the fragments, leveling the area and adding grass. He warned the process would be expensive.

“It’s going to take some big, heavy equipment,” Wilson said, adding that he’s worried construction equipment will damage nearby driveways.

“It’s going to be over $100,000,” board member Chris Lind said.

Board member Pat Heefner said she’s been concerned for years about the debris’ proximity to a spring that feeds Antietam Creek.

Athletic Director Dan McLaughlin said the contractors used a pipe to place the debris, which he said includes slabs of concrete and rebar, but not clean dirt.

“There’s some steel in there,” Lemley said.

The debris isn’t compacted, he said.

That area was supposed to be made into an athletic field, McLaughlin said. He and other school administrators told the board they’d prefer the area be an athletic field, rather than a parking lot.

The board instructed staff to work on bid documents for the project.

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