Bids sought for ren­o­va­tion

Con­struc­tion for new Crooked Bil­let El­e­men­tary set to be­gin later this year

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Natalya Bu­cuy

HOR­SHAM » The Hatboro-Hor­sham School District is mov­ing for­ward with the Crooked Bil­let El­e­men­tary School ren­o­va­tion project ac­cord­ing to sched­ule.

The school board of school ap­proved the ad­ver­tise­ment of bids for the project at its June 4 meet­ing.

Crooked Bil­let, Hatboro-Hor­sham’s old­est school build­ing, was built in 1951 and has not been ren­o­vated since 1985. Fol­low­ing var­i­ous stud­ies and re­views, the district de­cided to de­mol­ish the school and re­build it, sim­i­larly to Hal­low­ell El­e­men­tary ren­o­va­tions, which the district wrapped up two years ago.

The project is set to be­gin this year and con­tinue through 2020. Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions, all stu­dents liv­ing in the Crooked Bil­let area will at­tend Hal­low­ell El­e­men­tary for both the 2018-19 and the 2019-20 school years. In 2020, as the state-of-the-art new school is fin­ished, the stu­dents will move back to Crooked Bil­let.

Now that the bids for the job are out, the district hopes to re­view the pro­posed costs from con­struc­tion com­pa­nies over the summer and se­lect con­trac­tors by the end of Au­gust, with con­struc­tion be­gin­ning shortly af­ter.

The ren­o­va­tion will not only im­prove the build­ing but also the land lot on which the school sits. The land im­prove­ments will in­clude lot con­sol­i­da­tion, stormwa­ter man­age­ment and streetscape im­prove­ments.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said it hopes to bring sim­i­lar in­no­va­tions it im­ple­mented in the new Hol­low­ell school to Crooked Bil­let, in­clud­ing small group in­struc­tional ar­eas at­tached to class­rooms, high-pri­or­ity se­cu­rity, tech­nol­ogy and higher light­ing and sound qual­ity in the class­room. Other new fea­tures will in­clude fac­ulty re­sources rooms on each floor, a stage built be­tween the cafe­te­ria and the gym for large group flex­i­bil­ity, hall­way stor­age cub­bies, grade-level work ar­eas that con­vert cor­ri­dors to class­rooms and out­door in­struc­tional space with di­rect class­room ac­cess.

The district will also pay fo­cused at­ten­tion to traf­fic pat­terns on site in ac­cor­dance to traf­fic study con­ducted in March of 2017.

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