Several schools within the Boyertown Area School district are reaching maximum capacity, if they have not already. After great discussion by the board members and the community regarding capacity needs-a decision has been made.
The Boyertown Area School Board of Directors has passed the administration's recommendation to submit the $114.3 million plan to the Department of Education for state reimbursement. This plan consists of four individual projects which are to be completed one at a time, as capacity needs increase.
The plan includes renovating the Boyertown Area Senior High, the Junior High West, and Colebrookdale Elementary School. The final project would be the construction on a new elementary school.
The board voted on each project as a separate action. Only one of the projects had unanimous vote of 6-0. Board member Ruth A. Dieroff was reluctant to support any project with the exception of the additions to Colebrookdale Elementary.
'I think we need to study this issue little bit more,' Deiroff stated prior to voting. She noted that if construction was necessary, adding to Colebrookedale should resolve enrollment issues for the next few years.'
Submission of these plans does not obligate the district to do act on any project.
This decision authorizes the administration and the architect, EI Associates of Harrisburg, Pa, to begin an Integrated Design Process for each project and to submit PlanCon Part A and PlanCon Part B documents to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This also authorizes the firm to begin securing funds.
EI Associates will charge the district $5,000 for each project. Submissions could be reimbursed up to 46 percent for construction costs.
With the four votes, the board directed EI Associates, a Harrisburg-based engineering firm, to begin the process of securing state funds before a moratorium on school construction reimbursements takes effect in October.
Absent were Stephen Elsier, Robert J. Haas and Kenneth Parsons Jr.