A renovated gymnasium will be part of Penns Valley’s $15.5 million multiphase project, which is set to kick off June 12. Abby Drey Centre Daily Times, file
A renovated gymnasium will be part of Penns Valley’s $15.5 million multiphase project, which is set to kick off June 12. Abby Drey Centre Daily Times, file

Penns Valley

Penns Valley’s $15.5 million high school project won’t use tax funds

By Britney Milazzo

bmilazzo@centredaily.com

May 28, 2017 08:42 PM

Construction is set to kick off June 12 on $15,486,892 worth of renovations to the Penns Valley Area High School. But district residents won’t have to worry about a tax increase.

District Business Manager Lynn Naugle said the multiphase project will be funded through cash reserves and bonds.

The district has prudently planned for the financing of the project and as a result there will be no new tax revenue needed to fund the project.

Lynn Naugle, business manager

“The district has prudently planned for the financing of the project, and as a result there will be no new tax revenue needed to fund the project,” Naugle said.

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The project aims to renovate the school’s auditorium by adding a new band room, changing rooms and storage areas; adding new counseling, nurse and principal offices; renovating the library to include small collaboration spaces; renovating the cafeteria and gymnasium, adding 1,200 seats; creating a more secure entrance; adding new paint, door hardware and lockers; and air conditioning throughout the building.

On Tuesday morning, a ceremony will be held on the front lawn of the high school to commemorate the start of the project.

Construction, under general contractor Lobar Inc. and project architect Michael Kelly, of KCBA Architects, will last through December 2018, district Director of Physical Plant Bob Miller said.

The goal, he added, is to make sure construction can go as planned without disrupting class instruction.

The plan is designed to totally avoid disruption to our classrooms. Students and teachers will all have availability to existing classrooms.

Bob Miller, director of physical plant

“The plan is designed to totally avoid disruption to our classrooms,” Miller said. “Students and teachers will all have availability to existing classrooms.”

Construction areas also will be off limits, and changes are scheduled for bus and parent drop off, as well as building entry.

“It is, however, a construction project, with many variables that can change,” Miller said. “If there is a need to shift classroom locations, we will have the availability to do so. There is no need for mobile classroom units or other extraordinary protocols.”

Since January 2015, the school board, in partnership with district administration, identified renovation areas and funding options.

District spokesman Nate Althouse said the district’s four goals for the project are to enhance safety; identify structural deficiencies; create areas to improve collaboration among students; and provide facilities that strengthen education programming beyond the classroom in physical activity, athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities.

The new classroom created this summer will ready by the start of next school year.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo