UP­KEEP

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL -

Of the $92,210,015 in ren­o­va­tions Schrader­group iden­ti­fied, the ma­jor­ity came from re­pairs and re­place­ments in the two old­est school build­ings, the high school and Ca­ley Ele­men­tary School, which were built in the 1960s. The ma­jor­ity of other build­ings, in­clud­ing the mid­dle school and other ele­men­tary schools, are newer, and the costs were mostly to main­tain their cur­rent state.

Ren­o­va­tions for the high school were pro­jected at $45,136,486; Ca­ley Ele­men­tary at $14,382,593; the mid­dle school at $5,880,008; Bridge­port Ele­men­tary at $2,592,930; Can­dle­brook Ele­men­tary at $3,239,778; Roberts Ele­men­tary at $2,587,921; the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing at $1,138,858; The Bel­mont School at $7,881,668; The Gulph School at $7,878,389; the bus garage at $663,433; and the boat house at $827,951.

All of th­ese fig­ures are found in a 200-page doc­u­ment Schrader­group pre­sented to the school board, which Schrader said might be made avail­able on the district’s web­site soon and which also con­tains aerial shots, floor plans, and types of ren­o­va­tions needed for each build­ing.

While Schrader­group was tasked with com­ing up with th­ese base­line pro­jec­tions, the scope of the ren­o­va­tions the district will ac­tu­ally un­der­take, when they will be un­der­taken, and where the funds will be found will be the topic of later dis­cus­sions be­tween com­mu­nity mem­bers, the ad­min­is­tra­tion, teach­ers, Schrader­group and other in­ter­ested par­ties.

Schrader said over­all he was im­pressed with the up­keep of the district’s build­ings that have made the two old­est build­ings last this long, and kept the newer schools in good re­pair. How­ever, he used Ca­ley as an ex­am­ple of a build­ing that has more press­ing needs and could po­ten­tially be some of the first ren­o­va­tions ac­tu­ally un­der­taken, should the school board de­cide to do so.

“This build­ing re­ally doesn’t have stormwa­ter man­age­ment,” Schrader said, although he noted Ca­ley is struc­turally sound and safe for use. “That is one of the things that would have to be done if you ren­o­vated this site.”

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, the com­mu­nity was al­lowed to ask Schrader and the ad­min­is­tra­tion any ques­tions re­gard­ing the fig­ures and types of ren­o­va­tions pre­sented.

One com­mu­nity mem­ber wanted to know if it would be more cost-ef­fec­tive to de­mol­ish Ca­ley and re­build, while an­other wanted to know how long the high school ren­o­va­tion would take if it started to­mor­row to get a bet­ter idea of how chil­dren would be shuf­fled around dur­ing ren­o­va­tions, and yet an­other wanted to know of the cur­rent safety of the build­ings dis­cussed.

A good ma­jor­ity of ques­tions could not be an­swered be­cause they will be dis­cussed at fu­ture meet­ings.

As part of his pre­sen­ta­tion, Schrader gave a time line for the com­mu­nity meet­ings as­so­ci­ated with dif­fer­ent phases of plan­ning.

On Oct. 20, the district will host an­other com­mu­nity meet­ing that will fo­cus on cur­rent build­ing ca­pac­i­ties and fig­ures for fu­ture en­roll­ment.

Af­ter the en­roll­ment meet­ing, Novem­ber the com­mu­nity meet­ing will fo­cus on op­tions for ren­o­va­tion, that will start to flesh out the de­tails of a ten year plan for ren­o­va­tion. The De­cem­ber meet­ing is planned to de­velop those op­tions and dis­cuss costs. Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary meet­ings will fo­cus on re­vis­ing those op­tions, and a pre­sen­ta­tion of the mas­ter plan is sched­uled for March.

All up­dates, meet­ing an­nounce­ments and files will be made avail­able on the fea­si­bil­ity study sec­tion of the district web­site.

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