January 18, 2018
Important Board Agenda Items:
At the regularly scheduled meeting, to be held on January 18, 2018, the East Pennsboro Area School District Board of School Directors will review, discuss, and potentially make important decisions on the future renovations of our existing buildings. The Board will consider embarking on construction projects to renovate the existing facilities that could cost up to $50 million. The framework for these renovations will be to use option 9A developed by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh, and Associates, and the prioritized list of items established by the Feasibility Committee. Both documents can be found under the Feasibility Study portion of the website (http://epasd.org/Page/4323). More specifically option 9A is described in the document entitled Final Facility Committee Presentation August 1, 2017. The Feasibility Committee's prioritized list can be found under the document entitled Feasibility Study Questionnaire Average Results.
One item slated to be on the agenda includes the potential to eventually move 5th grade from the middle school, therefore creating two separate K-5 buildings within the existing elementary structures. It should be noted that any changes discussed will take many years of careful planning, strategic processes, and ultimately renovations to make this grade structure change happen.
The Board will also consider using a hybrid approach to the construction projects. The hybrid approach captures the best components and expertise levels of both architects and Energy Savings Companies (ESCO). Through the ESCO and Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA), companies renovate the systems, and guarantee energy savings through the thoughtful replacement of items such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), and building "envelope" components (roof, windows, etc.). The hybrid approach couples these services with the expertise of educational planning and aesthetic improvements under the guidance of an architect.
As part of the renovation project, the Board hopes to explore the possibility of creating an additional access point to the main campus by connecting East Pennsboro Elementary School to Salt Road.
At this meeting, the board will review and discuss the concept of four-tiered bus services within the district. A 4-tiered bussing concept would create four separate start/end times for each of our buildings, as opposed to the current three start/end times currently in place. There is a projected significant financial savings to the district by moving to this structure.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this board meeting to be held in the East Pennsboro Area Middle School Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room beginning at 7:30 PM.