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Board looks for elementary school upgrades

With a Montoursville area elementary school in need of upgrades, the board made plans to meet with an architectural firm, Tuesday.

Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, who the board has previously used, is expected to be invited back to speak with members about possible work projects in relation to Loyalsock Valley Elementary School.

“We’ll talk some shop with them and we’ll get a feel for what kind of options are available,” said David Shimmel, board member. “Maybe we’ll quiz them on the scope of an elementary level facility study and what kind of price impact that might have.”

The amount of work might range from money to “spruce it up,” or “an appropriate educational facility upgrade of some type,” he said.

Scott Konkle and William Ruffing, board members, said they were in agreement.

“We need a scope of what the elementary school would look like I think, and somebody that has the knowledge to do that — and I’m comfortable with CRA,” said Konkle.

In addition to those kinds of questions, Ruffing proposed other studies.

“We need an updated feasibility study, and we need a long-range plan,” he said. “I’ve been asked if the school is going to stay open or if it’s going to close, I have to say that I have no idea what we’re going to do with it.”

Studies of this kind would aid the board in learning if the number of students coming through the educational system is subject to change, he said. In that, they could adjust their plans.

Christina Bason, superintendent, noted that CRA had previously been very accurate in projecting the number of students.

Bason said she will invite CRA to speak with the board by at a coming meeting.

Under presentations, Maria Lewis, Alex Lecrone and Mia Gillin gave a sample of the lesson they taught to elementary-school kids for Constitution Day, focusing on the first amendment.

Though the students developed the lesson plan, Julie Quick, their teacher, helped coordinate.

In other business, the school board:

• Approved a request from Lane Sanford, of Hope Community Church, to operate in the high school auditorium and cafeteria 8 a.m. to 2 p.m, Dec. 22.

• Approved Montoursville Area high School Ski Club to have an overnight trip to Killington Vermont, Feb. 28, 2020 to March 1, 2020. The trip is at no cost to the district.

• Accepted donations of materials for the STEM program from Geisinger Clinic.

• Approved a request from Laura Miller, of Faith United Methodist Church, to operated in C.E. McCall Middle School parking lot, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

• Hired Richard Lucas and Melissa Badger as event security.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Montoursville Area High School, 700 Mulberry St.

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