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.