Wis­sahickon forms fa­cil­i­ties community in­put group

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Eric Devlin

The newly formed Fa­cil­i­ties Plan Community In­put Group, cre­ated by the Wis­sahickon pchool Board to help de­cide the fu­ture of the dis­trict, will be­gin hold­ing meet­ings, but will not dis­cuss the pos­si­ble clo­sure of Mat­ti­son Av­enue El­e­men­tary pchool, of­fi­cials an­nounced at the Aug. 20 school board meet­ing.

lver the past year and a half, the Wis­sahickon pchool Board has been pre­par­ing for the fu­ture by hold­ing var­i­ous en­roll­ment and fa­cil­i­ties stud­ies with the Penn­syl­va­nia Econ­omy League and Bres­lin and oid­yard Fadero Ar­chi­tects and D’Huy Engi­neer­ing, re­spec­tively, to get a sta­tus of what changes will need to take place in the com­ing years in or­der to move for­ward.

Af­ter con­sid­er­ing the in­for­ma­tion from these stud­ies, the board an­nounced at the June 11 meet­ing its rec­om­men­da­tion to build a new high school, con­vert the mid­dle school pool into an au­di­to­rium and close Mat­ti­son Av­enue af­ter the 201213 school year. Ad­di­tion­ally, other con­sol­i­da­tions and fa­cil­i­ties up­grades would be made at the el­e­men­tary level. Along with this rec­om­men­da­tion, the board es­tab­lished the CIG to hear stake­holder per­spec­tives rel­a­tive to the en­roll­ment and fa­cil­ity fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies and the fu­ture im­pact on the dis­trict as a whole.

Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tor Wade Cole­man said the 25-per­son CIG will meet to dis­cuss a range of top­ics in- clud­ing en­roll­ment, ca­pac­ity and build­ing in­for­ma­tion, cur­ric­u­lar pro­grams, dis­trict fi­nances and debt, build­ing con­cepts and con­sid­er­a­tions such as green, sus­tain­able en­ergy and value engi­neer­ing and will also dis­cuss other is­sues deemed rel­e­vant.

The meet­ings will be held the fiRVW DNG WKLRG TKuRVGDy RI HDFK month at SW30 p.m. start­ing pept. S inside the board room at the dis­trict’s ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing and will be open to the pub­lic and ad­ver­tised.

The board will re­ceive pe­ri­odic up­dates re­gard­ing the dis­cus­sions from the CIG.

The CIG will not dis­cuss the pos­si­ble clo­sure of Mat­ti­son Av­enue, Cole­man said, be­cause this topic will be dealt with sep­a­rately through pub­lic hear­ings and di­rect dis­cus­sion with the board.

pu­per­in­ten­dent Ju­dith Clark said the CIG group, whose mem­bers have al­ready been se­lected, is a composite of var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each school and community mem­bers. Par­ents and non­par­ents will also make up the CIG in or­der to pro­vide the most bal­anced per­spec­tive of the community to the board.

“We’re go­ing to use that com­mit­tee as a barom­e­ter be­cause again I know the board has al­ways had con­cerns about gath­er­ing community in­put and this was a way that we felt we could do that,” Clark said. “And hope­fully the peo­ple that are on that com­mit­tee, be­cause they all rep­re­sent cer­tain con­stituen­cies, will go back, talk to peo­ple, gather more in­for­ma­tion and be will­ing to share that with the com­mit­tee.”

Agen­das for each meet­ing will be made avail­able on­line on the dis­trict’s web­site, and copies of min­utes will be also be put on­line af­ter­ward, Cole­man said.

In other busi­ness, the board ap­proved the reap­point­ment of Peter hress to the Wis­sahickon sal­ley Li­brary Board, but not with­out some con­tro­versy.

Board mem­bers oichard ptan­ton and peth Grant both voted no to the reap­point­ment, with ptan­ton ex­plain­ing his vote.

“I’ve got to be vot­ing against this, not out of any is­sue with Mr. hress but out of an is­sue with the process. I know we’re reap­point­ing him but I re­ally know noth­ing about him. I’d like to know more be­fore we vote on it,” ptan­ton said.

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