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State College school plans down to two

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.

Big decisions made at the State College Area School District Monday night.  The school board is getting closer to making a final decision on the controversial high school upgrade project.

The school board took the State High upgrade plan from six options down to two.  It's been a project 12 years in the making and board members said its finally time to get it moving forward.

The board limited the decision down to concepts B and D, the ones supported most by the community based on a recent scientific survey.

"We need the majority of our community's support through the referendum process to make this solution actually be realized for our community," said district superintendent Dr. Robert ODonnell.

Concept B means additions and renovations to both the north and south buildings with a walkway connecting the two.   Concept D moves all academic areas to the south building, using the north building for the pool and the gym.  Only the south building will undergo renovations and additions.

Though not everyone agrees on these two options, the survey shows almost everyone is invested in making the high school safer.

"Looking at the feedback from the community, as expected, safety and security are two of the highest priorities from the community, ODonnell said.

The groundbreaking for the high school project is still a while away, new security measures will be put into place this fall at State High.

The school board must now choose only one concept from those two.  That concept will be placed on the ballot in May for a community vote.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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