LOCK HAVEN — The Keystone Central School Board reviewed a major long-range plan to renovate elementary schools Thursday evening, and decided to put that plan on the agenda for a vote at its meeting Feb. 16.
Details of the plan, which also include some proposals for a new home for district administration, were presented at a district work session by Superintendent Dr. Donald J. Wills.
Wills said the proposal grew out of a series of meetings that began in October, and included discussions by board members, citizens and staff.
Details of the plan follow:
Mill Hall Elementary
Mill Hall Elementary remains on the fast-track for renovations.
The board expects to award bids in March of 2007 with work beginning that summer. McGhee school would house Mill Hall students during renovations.
Wills has recommended an “early start and early out” 2006-2007 school calendar that would see classes begin a week earlier than usual.
The school, located at 210 Kyler Ave., was built in 1974 and has had no additions or renovations since it was constructed. The 49,000-square-foot building has a student capacity of 425, and shares a campus with Central Mountain Middle School.
The 52-acre property also houses the district’s Central Supply and Property Services departments and the field house for Central Mountain High. A running track and soccer stadium for varsity sports are also located on the campus.
Overall, Hayes Large architects say the building is in good condition, but requires “substantial renovations and modifications” to accommodate educational program standards.
The work on Mill Hall, estimated to cost $4.5 million, is expected to be finished by the 2008-2009 school year.
Sometime in June 2007, the board will determine the relocation site for administration. Right now, the board leases its administrative building from Lock Haven University.
A proposal from Wills suggests use of the Mill Hall Elementary renovation effort in conjunction with the district’s need for a new administration building.
The idea would be to add to the school, the square footage of building necessary for administration personnel. That part of the plan is in the very preliminary stages and hasn’t been approved by the school board.
The other option forwarded is using the former Flemington Elementary School, which now houses the district’s technical and computer services.
That option remains on the table, but poses several problems. Wills and some board members suggest the building’s roof needs replaced and other work is required.
The architect pointed out several features suggesting “major structural issues and significant costs” in converting the Flemington space to administrative purposes.
At an earlier meeting, a Hayes Large consultant estimated the district might save between $1.3 million to $1.6 million by adding administrative space to the Mill Hall project rather than renovating the Flemington facility.
Renovo Elementary School, built in the same year as Mill Hall Elementary and very similar in design, is scheduled for renovation in the 2007-2008 school year.
Wills again suggested the possibility that sometime during this plan, the closing of an elementary school remains a possibility.
By August 2008, most of the students from Porter Township now attending Robb School will be transferred to Mill Hall Elementary.
In the 2008-09 school year, Woodward Elementary school, which hasn’t seen renovations for more than a decade, will be renovated. The Woodward students will use McGhee Elementary as a transition school.
Some students will be transferred from Woodward to Robb to eliminate portable classrooms.