The Montoursville Area School Board considered various options for school buildings in the district during its public work session this week.
A report given by Scott Cousins, senior project manager, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh Associates, said that each of the buildings face infrastructure issues and other deficiencies with Loyalsock Valley Elementary School having some of the most dire needs.
Cousins noted that each building is at less than capacity for students with the district experiencing drops in enrollment in recent years.
“Overall, you are not busting at the seams for capacity,” he said.
Loyalsock Valley is in need of a number of upgrades, including replacement of doors, classroom casework, food service equipment, plumbing fixtures, as well as clock, bell, and fire alarm systems.
In addition, Cousins pointed out the need to renovate toilet rooms and possibly take care of asbestos materials. For now, asbestos does not create a problem unless the materials are disturbed.
Cousins listed a number of deficiencies at Lyter Elementary School that should be addressed including: concrete walks, playground equipment, exterior windows, doors, HVAC temperature controls and air conditioning, toilet room exhaust fans, plumbing fixtures and lighting.
At McCall Middle School, ceramic tiles in locker rooms, gymnasium equipment, TV and audio visual equipment, and lighting are all in need of replacement, according to Cousins.
He added that corridor lockers and storage buildings at McCall are in need of repair.
The high school, which underwent a major construction renovation project several years ago, is in need of just a few upgrades.
The main gymnasium and stadium concession stands require painting and the maintenance building roof should be replaced.
One project option, Cousins said, would amount to maintaining all schools while targeting them for renovations. It would include minor additions to Loyalsock Valley and reconfiguring classrooms.
That option would allow the district to keep construction costs low while keeping open all neighborhood schools.
Another option would be to completely renovate Lyter while expanding space at McCall and closing Loyalsock.
Such a consolidation, Cousins noted, would leave the district with three classroom buildings and save costs.
Yet another option would be to construct a new elementary school for all elementary students at the McCall campus.
Cousins suggested a spring 2023 start time for any building project.
Ron Snell, board member, said the board will need to balance needs with what the district can afford.
He noted the district continues to pay off debt from construction projects.
“We have to see what we can borrow without affecting increases in the millage,” he said.
He said he liked the idea of keeping open neighborhood schools.
“Consolidate might be the way to go,” Danel Albert, board member, said. “Not that I want to close Loyalsock.”
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